Learn How to Be Fall Free

Tara Soloman-Smith, Family and Wellness Agent, Sunflower District of Kansas State University’s Extension Office. Submitted photo.


Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.  Falls threaten safety and independence and generate economic and personal costs. However, through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among older adults can be reduced.

Falls are not a natural part of aging.  Even if you are healthy, it is important to check your risk.  You may answer 13 short questions to learn yours at www.nocoa.org/fallsfreecheckup.

There are many steps you can take now to prevent a fall, here are six to get you started!

  1. Find a good balance and exercise program

Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or K-State Research and Extension for options. Find a program you like and take a friend!

  1. Talk to your health care provider

Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

  1. Regularly review your medications with doctor or pharmacist

Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

  1. Get your hearing and vision checked and glasses updated

Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

  1. Keep your home safe

Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

  1. Talk to your family members

Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.

Here’s to healthy aging and being fall free!  For more information, contact Tara Solomon-Smith, [email protected], or call 620-244-3826.


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