Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls can be costly, both in quality of life and dollars. However, falling is not an inevitable part of the aging process. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.
It's always important to learn some of the basic steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of having a serious fall.
These are only a few suggestions you can use in your own hope. For a complete list of ways to fall-proof your home, check out the NCOA list.
Keep in mind that you always want three points of contact no matter what you are doing. If you are walking up steps or maneuvering in and out of your shower, for example, you want to have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with something sturdy. If you are not a home owner, make sure to be in contact with your landlord about making some of these changes. They will often work with you to get accommodations in place.
For more information on Fort HealthCare's upcoming Falls Prevention Event, click here.