September 20

You Have the Power to Help Prevent Falls

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

You have the power to help reduce the likelihood that an older adult will fall.

Monday, Sept. 23 is Fall Prevention Day this year. It is a day designated annually by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to call attention to steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of falls among older adults.

As NCOA points out, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. They can be costly, financially and with a loss of independence.

Fortunately, NCOA says, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Most falls are preventable.

Here are some steps NCOA suggests you can take to increase your awareness of how to prevent falls among older adults:

The 2019 Fall Prevention Awareness Day is made possible in part by support from the Centene Corporation and a grant from the Administration for Community Living.

 

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