Keeping Older Adults Safe and Independent Through Falls Prevention Education
September 21, 2016
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among Florida residents ages 65 years and older. In 2014, 2,445 older adults were fatally injured in a fall and there were an additional 50,730 residents hospitalized for non-fatal injuries.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), there are several measures that can reduce the risk of falls:
- Exercise regularly. NCOA cites several evidence-based programs that are proven to help older adults reduce their risk, including Tai Chi and the Otago program.
- Consult with a health care professional about a fall risk assessment.
- Have medications reviewed by a doctor or pharmacist.
- Get eyes and ears checked at least annually.
- Ensure the home environment is safe and hazard free.
Information and education, including risk and balance assessments and Tai Chi classes for better balance is available by contacting Floridians Fighting Falls at 772-932-7264 or logging onto www.fightingfalls.org.
For more information, please visit the department’s Injury Prevention Section website for Older Adults Falls Prevention.