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!
- 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!
- 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 doctor or pharmacist
Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
- Get your hearing and vision checked and glasses updated
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.
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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