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Posted on: September 1, 2023

September Marks Falls Prevention Awareness Month

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September Marks Falls Prevention Awareness Month


It is estimated that every one in four Americans aged 65+ takes a fall every year in the United States (Centers for Disease Control). This number is significant considering that falls can be detrimental to the health, safety, and financial independence of the individual. The good news is that with increased awareness surrounding this issue both individuals and their loved ones can contribute to reducing the risk of falling and the serious impacts that may follow.

Every year in September, National Fall Prevention Awareness Month takes place. The purpose of fall prevention awareness is for organizations to share education on effective strategies for increasing mobility and strength, while also offering practical solutions for safety. It is also a great opportunity for individuals to reflect on their own risk factors or those of a loved one.

Strategies for Fall Prevention:

Currently the National Council on Aging offers six steps that can help prevent a fall.

  • Find an exercise program that can help build strength and flexibility. Some ideas include heel lifts, toe lifts, sit to stand, wall push-ups, and leg lifts (https://agesafeamerica.com/september-national-falls-preventionmonth/).
  • Speak to a health care provider to understand the risk of falling.
  • Regularly review medications with a doctor/pharmacist to understand the side effects.
  • Get both hearing and vision checked annually.
  • Reduce tripping hazards at home.
  • Enlist the support of family and friends.

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