Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for older Americans? According to the U.S. Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Even more astounding, every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. The good news is that falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through evidence-based falls prevention programs and community partnerships, these numbers can be reduced. Follow these steps to help ensure that your loved one is balanced.
- Complete a walk-through safety assessment in their home. Nurse Kim does these on a regular basis with our participants and will assist you upon request.
- Talk about their medications and be familiar with the side-effects.
- Notice if they appear unbalanced when they are walking or moving around. Seek professional help for information to help them remain balanced.
- Ask about their last eye checkup. If they wear eye glasses, make sure they have a current prescription.
- Discuss their current health conditions.
- Talk to them and find out if they are concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize the risk of falling, but think it will not happen to them.