A group of seniors holding green ribbons with text "Fall Prevention Awareness Week"

September 22nd is the first day of fall, and marks the 11th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Week during September 21-25th. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one-fourth of older adults aged 65+ fall every year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 seconds, an older adult dies from a fall.

The NCOA’s theme is Falls Prevention – You have the Power! This is a campaign designed to spread awareness of fall prevention and to educate families on who is at risk of falling and how to manage prevention.

Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps that we can take to help reduce our chances of taking a life-threatening fall. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. Here are a few tips to help reduce fall risks:

• Check into physical therapy for gait rehabilitation

• Regularly review medications – make sure side effects are not causing falls or balance problems

• Get regular vision checkups

• Keep the home safe from tripping hazards, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas

• Talk with family members for support in staying safe For more information about fall prevention, please visit the National Council on Aging’s website.

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