Today is the first day of fall! What you may not know is that today is also National Fall Awareness Day. In our society, the number of aging adults is ever growing. Did you know that every 11 seconds and older adult is seen in the ER for a fall-related injury? That means that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 or greater falls each year. Even falls that do not result in an injury can cause fear of future falls, leading to more physical decline, depression and social isolation.
Many falls are preventable! Below are some tips to help you stay safe and lower your risk of injuries.
1) Find a good balance and exercise program
2) Talk to you health care provider about a fall risk assessment
3) Review your medications with your doctor/pharmacist often
4) Get your vision and hearing checked annually
5) Keep your home safe
6) Talk to your family members for support
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