Date: September 22, 2020 | Category: News
September 22, the first day of autumn, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The goal is to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
We focus on falls prevention because of how commonly they occur among older adults. An older American is seen in the emergency room every 11 seconds because of a fall-related injury.
The NCOA offers these tips to help prevent falls:
Find a good balance and exercise program. Care Connection offers exercise classes on Zoom that are geared toward keeping older individuals fit and on their feet. Check www.goaging.org or call the center to find out what’s being offered. We already offer Tai Chi for Arthritis and Exercise with Bobbie, as well as Walk with Ease. Coming soon online is the evidence-based Matter of Balance class.
Talk to your doctor or other health care provider and let them know about falls. Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Falling may be common among older people, but it need not be considered a normal part of aging.
Regularly review your prescription medications with your pharmacist. Make sure side effects are not increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
Get regular checks on your vision and hearing. Taking care of your eyes and ears can help keep you on your feet.
Keep your home safe. We can provide you with a practical guide to keeping your home safe from fall risks. Nearly half of all fall injuries of Missouri’s older adults occur at home. Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars. Don’t walk around in the dark at night. Turn on a light or use a good flashlight. Call the center or 1-800-748-7826 to learn more about fall prevention.
Talk to your family members and enlist their support. Enlist the support of others to take simple steps to stay safe.