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
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.