Fall is just around the corner. When you think of fall, you may think of the leaves changing, cooler weather, and hay rides, but this year also think about fall prevention. Fall Prevention Awareness Day is September 23, 2010, the first day of fall. This year 34 states are participating Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The day is intended to promote and increase public awareness of reducing and preventing falls in aging adults. To continue to do our part in fall awareness and prevention in older adults, The Aging Suite will be featuring a two part series discuss important fall prevention information.
It’s estimated that 77% of falls occur in the home, with people tripping over items and falling on the stairs as being the top two causes of falls. An April 2004 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disability, Aging and Long Term Care Policy, and ABT Associates, Inc, stated that falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in adults 65 and older.
Falls can result in injuries such as rib, hip and wrist fractures, decreased independence with everyday activities, fear of getting around one’s home, and even having to live outside the home with relatives or in a nursing home. There are however, some simple things you can do to decrease the likelihood of falls in your home. Some of these things include:
For more information on aging, check out the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website, www.cdc.gov
To read the April 2004 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disability, Aging and Long Term Care Policy, and ABT Associates, Inc, check out this link