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Fall Prevention for Older Adults
Facts, Figures & General Information
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports one-third of Americans ages 65 and over falls. Many times, these falls lead to injury, lost independence, even death. According to the NCOA, in 2002, nearly 13,000 people over age 65 died and 1.6 million were treated in emergency departments because of falls.

Eliminating or reducing trip and fall hazards in your home is easy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has developed “A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults.”  Not only does this checklist help you identify potential trip and fall hazards in your home, it offers way in which you can fix the problem.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Elderly Couple
In the meantime, here are a few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to get you started:
  • When using stairs, always grip the handrails. Keep stairs well lighted.
  • Keep floors cleared and slip resistant. Remove loose carpets, cords and other items you could trip over. Be sure all rugs, mats and other surfaces are non-skid.
  • Install grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces in your bathroom.
  • Use only stable step stools with a top handrail. Don’t climb alone – have someone nearby to help you.
  • Stand up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.
  • Be sure your telephones and emergency numbers are easily accessible – so you can get help if you fall.

The CDC’s webpage, “Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview,” offers up much more information about this topic as well as a list of additional resources.

Because many individuals believe falls are part of aging, The National Council on Aging has made a list of the top ten myths of older adult falls. “Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls,”
provides the “Reality” to each of these myths


Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Council on Aging



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