Agency on Aging

Fall Prevention

Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.”  However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):   

  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.  
  • More than one out of four older people falls each year.
  • Falling once doubles your chance of falling again.
  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Fear of falling may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

   Debunking the Myths of Older Adult and Falls

Check Your Risk

Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Answer 12 questions to learn more.

An Overview of How to Prevent Falls

Falling is not a certainty just because you're aging.  In fact, there are ways to greatly minimize your risk of becoming a statistic. 

Download a list of the six steps.

6 Pasos para Prevenir una Caída 
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Making Your Home Safer

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults and a third of these falls involve hazards at home. Use the following check-list to identify potential hazards and know what to do about them.
Fall Prevention Checklist


Are you a caregiver? 

Visit the Caregiver Corner on Care Network Link for more ways you can help prepare a safe environment for your family member and tips on how to have a conversation about risk factors.