Falls Prevention Week: Take a Stand to Prevent Falls
Falls are a leading cause of injury, death and hospitalization for the elderly, statistics show. One in three adults aged 64 and older fall each year. Many falls result in hip fractures which require extended hospitalization and rehabilitation. Some hip fractures result in death. You can see the importance of falls prevention.
Unfortunately, falls threaten independence and quality of life.
Falls Prevention Week is held from Sept. 23 through Sept. 29 this year when the National Council on Aging and the Falls Prevention Center of Excellence hope to help seniors focus on preventing falls in their environments. This year is the eighth annual Falls Prevention Week in our country and it begins on the first day of the autumn season. The theme this year is “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.” The Falls Free Initiative is a national effort led by the National Council on Aging to address the growing public health issue of fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults.
The following checklist is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and can help older adults reduce their risk of falling at home.
Find out more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) website.
To help you and those you care for prevent falls, see the Information for Individuals and Families page at the website of the Falls Prevention Center of Excellence. There’s plenty of good information to be found there.
Also, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is an excellent resource for prevention information. They also provide useful information on many other issues surrounding caregiving and aging in place that you many find very beneficial. I highly recommend them.
During this week, let’s take the time for a new look around the house and help keep our families Safe & Healthy at Home.