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43 States Celebrate 4th Annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Events planned nationwide to help older adults reduce their risk of falling

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Sept. 23 is the first day of Fall, and it’s also a day when passionate people across the country will observe the 4th annual NationalFalls Prevention Awareness Day,through educational presentations, risk screening activities, and other outreach strategies, to get the message out that most falls are preventable for older adults.

Forty-three states will participate in Falls Prevention Awareness Day this year, joining 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies that comprise the Falls Free© Initiative to raise awareness of this major public health issue that affects one out of every three seniors every year. But more importantly, they are working collaboratively to bring attention to common sense strategies to reduce the risk of falling, such as:

  • Engage in a physical activity regimen that includes balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
  • Consult with a health professional about getting a falls risk assessment.
  • Have their medications reviewed periodically.
  • Get their eyes checked annually.
  • Make sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

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Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Falls among the elderly is a serious problem and growing!  One out of three people over the age of 65 falls at least once a year.  According to theCDC, the direct and indirect cost of injuries from falls is expected to reach $54.9 billion by 2020!  Fall awareness and prevention becomes ever more important as our population ages.

Thankfully, many falls and fall related injuries can be prevented.  In an article called Making Your Home Safe for Seniors, we provided steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fall.

Fall Prevention Awareness Week is September 18 – 24, 2011 with many states taking part.  Fall Prevention Awareness Day, Friday, September 23 is an opportunity to become involved in your local area activities.  While activities vary by location, they include educational programs and home safety checks.

With autumn approaching at a fast pace, examine your home and those of the elderly to identify hazards. Consider risk factors such as poor eyesight, prior injuries that may cause walking problems, physical activity levels and other hazards.  As Baby Boomers age, the impact of a fall creates greater financial and emotional burdens. Education, examination and awareness is key to helping reduce the impact of falls and related injuries.

 

Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Falls among the elderly is a serious problem and growing!  One out of three people over the age of 65 falls at least once a year.  According to theCDC, the direct and indirect cost of injuries from falls is expected to reach $54.9 billion by 2020!  Fall awareness and prevention becomes ever more important as our population ages.

Thankfully, many falls and fall related injuries can be prevented.  In an article called Making Your Home Safe for Seniors, we provided steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fall.

Fall Prevention Awareness Week is September 18 – 24, 2011 with many states taking part.  Fall Prevention Awareness Day, Friday, September 23 is an opportunity to become involved in your local area activities.  While activities vary by location, they include educational programs and home safety checks.

With autumn approaching at a fast pace, examine your home and those of the elderly to identify hazards. Consider risk factors such as poor eyesight, prior injuries that may cause walking problems, physical activity levels and other hazards.  As Baby Boomers age, the impact of a fall creates greater financial and emotional burdens. Education, examination and awareness is key to helping reduce the impact of falls and related injuries.

 

Preventing Falls; Advice from the Mayo Clinic

Injury is the fifth leading cause of death in older adults, and most of these fatal injuries are related to falls. In the United States, falls, occurring primarily among older adults, were the second leading cause of deaths due to unintentional injuries.

You needn’t let the fear of falling rule your life. Many falls and fall-related injuries are preventable. Learn how medical management, physical activity and common-sense precautions can help you avoid falls and stay independent. View the Mayo Clinic Web Page.