September 21-25, 2020 is National Falls Prevention Week! This week is designed to provide older adults, caregivers and organizations with vital information and resources to help reduce falls among the older adult population.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) provides the following tips to reduce the risk of falling:
- Find a balance or exercise program. These programs can help you build stability, strength and flexibility.
- Talk to your doctor if you’ve fallen or are afraid of falling. Your doctor can provide a risk assessment and give you resources tailored to your needs.
- Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. They can identify which medications could increase your risk of falling.
- Get your vision and hearing checked each year. Your eyes and ears are the key to navigating the world around you.
- Keep your home safe. Make sure your home is well-lit and remove any items you could trip over. Prevent falls in the bathroom by using bathmats in the shower and installing grab bars as needed.
- Talk with your family. Allow your support system to help when needed to work together to reduce your risk of falling.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more fall prevention resources.