Fall Has Arrived. Time To Prevent Falls

Slips and falls now rank as the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65 and older, and Missouri’s rate of injuries related to falling is 31% higher than the national average.1 Falls are the number one cause of injuries to seniors. 2

Falls are not a normal part of aging, and you can take actions to prevent falls.

The risk of falling — and fall-related problems — rises as people age. If you fall and break a bone it could lead to more serious problems, such as a hospital visit, injury, or disability. However, taking care of your overall health may lower your risk of falling. Here are a few tips to help you avoid falls and broken bones:

  • Stay physically active. Plan an exercise program that is right for you; regular exercise can help strengthen muscles.
  • Have your eyes and ears tested. Changes in vision and hearing may cause you to fall. If you receive new eyewear or hearing aids, take time to get used to them.

Make sure you get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can make you susceptible to falls.

Tell your doctor if you have fallen. A fall can alert your doctor to a possible problem and help the doctor provide you with steps to prevent future accidents.

Because the aging process can affect vision, strength and balance, adults 65 and older are at elevated risk for falls. However, falls are not a natural part of aging and can be prevented. You can identify simple steps that can make a big difference to keep safe in your home and the community.

MA4 has created a kit that includes an easy to read brochure, posters for your workplace, senior center or even home bulletin board, and an infographic that gives you a few statistics relating to injuries related to falls in the United States. Download the free materials below from our Steady As You Go campaign.

1 https://health.mo.gov/seniors/showmefallsfreemissouri/index.php

2 American Council on Aging

STEADY AS YOU GO POSTERS

MORE RESOURCES

SHOW ME FALLS FREE MISSOURI COALITION:

https://preventmofalls.wixsite.com/preventmofalls

MY MOBILITY PLAN RESOURCE FROM THE CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/older_adult_drivers/CDC-AdultMobilityTool-12.12Customizable508c.pdf

MORE INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL

https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/older-adult-falls

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