Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
- 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.
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
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.
|6 Pasos para Prevenir una Caída
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
P.R.I.D.E. - A Community Resource
Yale's PRIDE program is a Free, Fast, and Easy way to increase an individual's chances of safely remaining in their home. PRIDE provides fall-risk assessment, a home safety check and connection to community resources. To find out more visit the PRIDE website.
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.