September 21

The Good News About Falls Among Older Adults

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

Tomorrow, Sept. 22, marks the 10th Annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
 
The National Council of Aging (NCOA) sponsors the event to raise awareness about how to reduce the risk of falls among older adults.
 
NCOA notes that  . . .
  • Every year, one in four older adults falls.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults.
  • Falls not only threaten safety, they impact independence. The fear of falling limits activities and social engagement, which can result in physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
The “Good News”, says NCOA, is that most falls are preventable.
 
NCOA suggests you start by learning six easy fall prevention steps as described in this video.

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