In the United States, someone is injured as a result of a fall at a rate of once every 3 minutes. Falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospitalization, accounting for 1.6 million hospitalizations every year. Falls can happen to anybody, but adults over the age of 65 have the highest number of falls that result in injury. Individuals 75 years of age or older have the highest rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalization and death following a fall. Risks are even higher for those on blood thinners (anybody taking a blood thinner who hits their head should see a doctor).
Reducing the Risk of Falls
Take Care at Home
- Remove things that can be tripped over
- Keep often-used items within easy reach
- Use nonslip mats in tub and on shower floors
- Have grab bars next to toilets, bathtubs, or showers
- Make sure all areas of the residence are well lit, especially at night
Take Care of Yourself
- Get yearly medical and vision check-ups
- Get enough exercise. Consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Focus on balance, flexibility, and muscle-strengthening exercises
- Wear shoes with good support instead of slippers or going barefoot
- Eat a balanced diet and drink water to remain hydrated
- Have your medicines, even over-the-counter medicines, reviewed by your doctor or pharmacist
Barrow Fall Prevention Education offers a free informative presentation designed to reduce falls by increasing the knowledge and awareness of the causes and risk factors related to falls, especially in the older adult population.
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