Staying Safe: Preventing Falls in Older Adults
Did you know?
- Falls are the leading cause of injury, death, hospitalization and Emergency Department visits among adults age 65 and older — and that 65 percent of hospitalized seniors are admitted to a nursing home or rehabilitation center after a fall.
- One out of every three people age 65 and older falls each year — and people who have previously fallen are at an increased risk to fall again.
- Aging increases the risk of falling and the severity of the injury.
What Can You Do?
If you are over age 65:
- Talk with your physician about your medications. Some may contribute to dizziness, imbalance and fatigue.
- Eat healthfully to maintain strength.
- Participate in exercise and other activities that promote balance and strength.
- Fall-proof your home
If you have a parent or family member over age 65:
Falls and subsequent hospitalizations can severely limit the independence of older adults. Here are two tools to assess potential problems with your family member and take steps to reduce risks of falling in the home.
- Suffolk County Bureau of Public Health Nursing: (631) 853-3069
- Suffolk County Falls Prevention Coordinator (falls prevention and wellness classes): (631) 853-6472