Don't let a fear of falling keep you from being active
The good news is that there are simple ways you can prevent most falls.
Fear of falling is a serious concern of any caregiver. By this we mean the fear of the person being cared for falling, either while present or away.
Falls are serious at any age, and breaking a bone after a fall becomes more likely as a person ages. Many of us know someone who has fallen and broken a bone. While healing, the fracture limits the person’s activities and sometimes requires surgery. And this of course means extra care and even stress for the caregiver.
And so when it comes to preventing falls, it’s Safety First! At any age, people can change their environments to reduce their risk of falling and breaking a bone. And caregivers are in a great place to help.
Here are some great sources of information on doing just that, Preventing Falls.
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Preventing Falls – Go4Life (pdf)
-The National Institute on Aging at NI has put out a simple pdf with “Fall Prevention Tips”
A one page flyer with links and practicle tips. Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, and is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Thus helping to prevent falls!
Preventing Falls and Related Fractures (pdf)
-National Institutes of Health, Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center
This is another flyer, several pages, with a great and easy to follow explanation of the frequent link between a broken bone (from falling) and osteoporosis. Do you know what the “Fracture Triangle” is? The article even includes a simple image of this and how it relates to preventing fall injuries.
Falls affect us all, whether personally or someone we are caring for. Every second of every day an older adult falls. In 2014 alone, more than one in four older adults reported falling and more than 27,000 older adults died as a result of falls—that’s 74 older adults every day. There are plenty of resources both families and caregivers can use to help prevent falls. Let’s take advantage of them.
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