Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Prevent falls and stay independent

As we age, fall prevention becomes an important part of staying healthy.  According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one -third of people over age 65 will experience a fall.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year, 2.8 million people 65 or older are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries 1  In older adults, a fall can limit your independence and mobility; sometimes leading to additional health concerns stemming from inactivity.  In addition, to bruises and pulled muscles, falls may also result in broken bones, making it hard to do things like take a bath or go for a walk.

Fall prevention can help prevent future chronic pain

Research also shows that if you avoid broken bones and injury, especially near a joint like your ankle or wrist, you’re likely to have less chronic arthritis pain as you get older 2, 3. You’ll also be able to get around more easily by yourself.  Individuals at risk for osteoporosis should take fall prevention very seriously and do what they can to strengthen bones through diet, supplements and exercise.  Discussing falls and fall prevention with your primary care doctor or provider is a good first step.  They can help you understand your risks and give you advice on safeguarding against falls.  Ask your doctor about preventing falls at your next visit.

ADC has pulled together some quick tips to help you prevent falls:

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