Falling is not an inevitable part of growing older, but rather can be prevented by making a few simple changes to everyday life. Unfortunately, falls is a leading cause of injury and death for Montanans age 65 and older. Hip fractures and brain injury are all too common injuries frequently associated with loss of independence following a fall. The good news is that most falls can be prevented!
Each year, 1 in every 3 adults age 65 and older will fall. Falls can lead to moderate or severe injury, such as a hip fracture or brain injury, or worse can result in death. Those who do not die have a higher risk of losing independence and quality of life. The good news is that falls can be prevented.
Engaging in regular strength and balance exercises help build stronger muscles and play a major role in fall prevention. Reviewing all medications with a physician or pharmacist to identify medications that might increase the risk for a fall is another helpful tip for reducing falls. Having a vision and hearing exam at least once every two years is beneficial in identifying any subtle changes to vision and hearing that might impair mobility and balance. And keeping the home environment safe and free from clutter and items that can be tripped over or slipped on is another good prevention tip. Incorporating all these strategies will significantly reduce the risk for falls.
A Fall Prevention Awareness Toolkit has been developed to help identify easy opportunities for you to promote fall prevention in your community / organization.
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