Every September on the first day of fall, the Falls Free® Initiative promotes National Falls Prevention Awareness Week. While falling can be dangerous and scary for older adults, there are methods of prevention that can reduce this risk and prevent injury. The purpose of Falls Prevention Awareness Week is to help older adults live comfortably without the fear of falling by exploring new strategies that will help encourage them to be fall-free and independent.
HERE ARE 6 STEPS TO PREVENT A FALL:
- Find a good balance and exercise program.
Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging
for referrals. Find a program you like and take a friend.
- Talk to your health care provider.
Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.
- Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
- Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.
- Keep your home safe.
Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.
- Talk to your family members.
Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.
Check to see if you’re at risk of falling with NCOA’s Falls Free CheckUp tool.
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About the National Council of Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is working to improve the lives of 40 million older adults by 2030. As the first national voice for older adults, NCOA believes that every person deserves the opportunity to age well. Explore their website to learn more about the work they do and the steps they are taking to spread awareness of healthy aging. Learn more about falls prevention