Fall Prevention Awareness Month!
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:
- Have your vision checked for cataracts, retina changes, or other aging eye problems that can cause loss of vision.
- 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.
- Lastly, be confident in letting your loved one and your doctor know if you’re experiencing balance issues or falls.
On September 22nd we will hold our annual Fall Awareness Expo at The Center at the Open Link! This will be a drive-through event, so please wear your masks, and enter through Jefferson Street, and leave through the back. Drive on by to receive all kinds of educational materials, handouts on exercises, and giveaways. Pre-register to receive a special gift!
1:00pm – 2:00pm
At The Center at The Open Link
517 Jefferson St., East Greenville
Please call The Open Link by Sept 18th to RSVP: 215-679-6550
For more information call Family Caregivers Network at
215 – 541 – 9030