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FALLS PREVENTION TO KEEP OLDER ADULTS SAFE AND INDEPENDENT

By Noelda Lopez

September 15, 2016

FALLS PREVENTION TO KEEP OLDER ADULTS SAFE AND INDEPENDENT  

Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Lake County is promoting the importance of falls prevention among older adults for the 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day celebrated on Sept. 22, 2016, the first day of fall. This year’s theme is focused on supporting ready, steady and balanced lifestyles for older adults.
 
“Each of us can reduce the risk of fatal and non-fatal injuries by adopting some prevention strategies to lessen the possibility of accidentally falling”” said Aaron Kissler, Administrator with the Florida Department of Health in Lake County.
 
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among Florida residents ages 65 years and older. In 2014, 2,445 older adults were fatally injured in a fall and there were an additional 50,730 residents hospitalized for non-fatal injuries.
 
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), there are several measures that can reduce the risk of falls:
 
  • Exercise regularly. NCOA cites several evidence-based programs that are proven to help older adults reduce their risk, including Tai Chi and the Otago program.
  • Consult with a health care professional about a fall risk assessment.
  • Have medications reviewed by a doctor or pharmacist.
  • Get eyes and ears checked at least annually.
  • Ensure the home environment is safe and hazard free.

For more information, please visit the department’s Injury Prevention Section website for Older Adults Falls Prevention.


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