According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year? And every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall?

Falls threaten older adults’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

While falls are common, they can be prevented.

Falling is NOT an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

Older adults who choose to invest in effective falls prevention interventions will benefit from saving money and be empowered to address their fear of falls.

To take control of your health and prevent falls, you can:

  1. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about your risk for falls, about what you can do to manage your risk, about your medications, and about whether you should take a vitamin D supplement with calcium
  2. Exercise by taking Tai Chi or another form of physical activity to improve strength and balance.
  3. Have your eyesight checked every year and update your glasses when needed
  4. Improve the safety of your home by maintaining pathways clear of clutter or loose rugs, installing grab bars in your tub and shower and near the toilet, installing railings on both sides of stairs, and by maintaining good lighting around your house.
  5. Participate in workshops like A Matter of Balance to address the fear of falling
  6. Participate in Falls Prevention Day to increase awareness and learn more about local resources