Welcoming Fall & Fall Prevention

National Falls Prevention Day is on September 22nd in 2017. Bringing awareness to preventative ways to decrease your chances of falling is so important to us because it is the leading cause of injuries among the population that we serve, causing hip fractures and head trauma. This can be dangerous, but it also hinders the independence of aging adults, which is something we strive to protect the best we can at LifeLinks.

The Facts on Falls

Some of the facts on older adults and falls from the National Council on Aging are alarming. Did you know that every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the hospital for a fall, and every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall? 

Not only are our loved ones in danger of being part of this statistic, but with hospitalization and medical bills, it is too costly NOT to take preventative measures. In 2013 the cost of fall injuries was $34 billion, with outlooks of over $67 billion in 2020.

One third of Americans over 65 falls each year and it is the leading cause of non-fatal trauma related hospital admissions in older adults each year.

How to Prevent Falls

  • As we age, and our loved ones age it is important to work on balance and mobility. There are easy exercises you can include for many abilities. Here is a Video of Exercises specifically designed for a fall prevention program.
  • Sharing facts and information like the statistics above with people you know and older adults to really get them thinking about preventative measures to falling.  
  • Reviewing medication with doctors or asking pharmacists about the fall risks associated with each medication. Then stop, switch or reduce those that may have a risk.
  • Talk to the doctor about a postural hypotension evaluation, which is a head rush that can happen when you suddenly stand up or stretch.

6 STEP to Preventing Falls

From the National Council on Aging

  1. Find a Balance & Exercise Program - Contact LifeLinks to help you find one that will work for you
  2. Talk to your Doctor - Ask for an assessment, and if you've had a fall let them know.
  3. Review your Medications - Which meds have a higher risk of falling, regularly review these.
  4. Get your Vision and Hearing checked regularly 
  5. Keep Your Home Safe - Increase lighting and remove hazards. LifeLinks can help with an assessment of the safety of your or your loved ones home.
  6. Talk About It - In the community and to family members. Falls are serious and can be fatal.
  • As we age, and our loved ones age it is important to work on balance and mobility. There are easy exercises you can include for many abilities. Here is a Video of Exercises specifically designed for a fall prevention program.
  • Sharing facts and information like the statistics above with people you know and older adults to really get them thinking about preventative measures to falling.  
  • Reviewing medication with doctors or asking pharmacists about the fall risks associated with each medication. Then stop, switch or reduce those that may have a risk.
  • Talk to the doctor about a postural hypotension evaluation, which is a head rush that can happen when you suddenly stand up or stretch.