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September is…

Fall Prevention Awareness Month for Seniors!

Falls are NOT a normal part of aging, however, it is very common for older individuals to suffer from fall-related injuries. Family Caregivers are aware that older individuals tend to stop exercising in fear of falling, consequentially losing their strength and balance to prevent it from happening again. Read on to learn how to prevent falls.

Fall Prevention data…

  • Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults fall each year?
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
  • Falls are one of the top two reasons a person is admitted to a hospital.
  • Taking more than 4 medications leads to a higher risk for falls. Medication mismanagement is a common problem and the second reason for hospitalizations in older adults.

How to prevent falls in seniors:

  • Have your vision checked – visit your eye care specialist to check for cataracts, retina changes, or other aging eye problems that can cause loss of vision.
  • Manage your medications – Have someone help you with managing your medications to prevent medication errors.
  • Do a safety check in your home. The two major causes of falls in the home are throw rugs and improper lighting. Remove the throw rugs, and put night lights in each room.
  • Improve your muscle tone and strength to help with balance. Join a fall prevention exercise program at your local senior center.
  • Consult with your doctor. Be confident in letting your loved one and your doctor know if you’re experiencing balance issues or falls.
  • Get a fall monitoring app or program. Use an automatic fall-monitoring detection app like Lifeline Medical Alert System that can provide help within minutes.