This is National Falls Prevention Week
Every year, an estimated 25% of older adults, those over the age of 65, will fall, mostly in or near their home. The NCOA, National Council on Aging, offers a number of free tools, tips and references on a variety of topics, including a “Falls Free CheckUp” tool which I highly recommend you take advantage of. The risk assessment tool only requires you to answer 13 simple questions to get your falls risk score including resources to help prevent falls. After all, falls are NOT a natural part of the aging process and the majority of falls are actually preventable. Even if you’re healthy and have talked with your health care provider, it’s important to check and be aware of your risk for falling. There are, after all, many steps you can take to prevent a fall.
The NCOA also offers a 2-page download which debunks 10 common myths about falling. You can read/download it here, and I’ve summarized it for your convenience below:
Falling happens to other people, not to me.
Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.
If I limit my activities, I won’t fall.
As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.
Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained.
Taking medication doesn’t increase my risk of falling.
I don’t need to get my vision checked every year.
Using a walker or cane make me more independent
I don’t need to talk to my family members or my health care provider if I’m concerned about my risk of falling. I don’t want to alarm them, and I want to keep my independence.
I don’t need to talk to my parent, spouse, or older adult if I’m concerned about the risk of falling. It will hurt their feelings, and it’s none of my business.
In case you missed it, here’s the link to the Falls Free CheckUp assessment:
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