On this, the first day of fall, the National Council on Aging is raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
Did you know that 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even fallswithout a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.
If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible. The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look.
Watch this video from the National Council on Aging’s Falls Prevention Resource Center for six steps to prevent fall.
Here are three more tips to help you prevent a fall:
An Aging Life Care Professional™ can conduct a fall risk assessment and develop a plan to avert risks. Here are some of the ways an Aging Life Care™ Manager can help you and your family:
- Make homes safer by reducing tripping hazards such as throw rugs, cords and wires; installing grab bars and hand rails to toilets, tubs and showers; and improving the lighting.
- Create an exercise regimen to increase strength and improve balance.
- Ensure emergency alert devices are installed and in place.
To learn some warning signs to watch for, read Six Surprising Signs Your Loved One May Be at Risk for a Fall by Aging Life Care Professional Claudia Fine. For exercises to help improve balance, don’t miss these recent posts:
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This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute, nor is it intended to be a substitute for, professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information on this blog does not necessarily reflect official positions of the Aging Life Care Association™ and is provided “as is” without warranty. Always consult with a qualified professional with any particular questions you may have regarding your or a family member’s needs.