First Day of Fall Marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Fall LeavesThe National Council on Aging has proclaimed Tuesday, September 23rd as Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

What better day to build awareness than the first day of fall?

The 2014 theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow.

Last year, 47 states participated in the day.

You can use the resources at this link to plan a falls prevention day in your own community.

There’s a handy infographic here that lists key statistics and things you can do to prevent a fall.

For example, did you know that every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency room for a fall-related injury?

Here are some safety tips and preventative steps offered by the National Council on Aging that may be useful to you or an aging parent living at home.

  1. Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility.
  2. Ask your health care provider for an assessment of your risk of falling
  3. Review your medications regularly with your doctor and pharmacist.
  4. Get your vision and hearing checked regularly.
  5. Keep your home safe from tripping hazards
  6. Talk to your family members – they’ll help keep you Safe in your own Home.

You can also follow the conversation on social media using this hashtag #FPAD14!

 

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