Fall Prevention Awareness Month

… when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in
darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
Micah 7:8

Falls- September 23 is Fall Day
Each year, millions of older people who are 65 and older have a fall. These falls can result in broken bones, head injuries, and emergency room visits. Many don’t report a fall to their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Once a person falls, they are fearful of falling again which leads to less activity which in turn causes muscle weakness.

Risk factors include:

  • Lower body weakness
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of some medication
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards that cause
    tripping such as broken steps
    and throw rugs.
  • To evaluate your fall risk
  • To review your medicines
    and about taking vitamin D supplements.
  • Do exercises that make your
    legs stronger and improve
    your balance.
  • Have your eyes checked by
    an eye doctor at least once a
  • Get rid of things you could trip
  • Add grab bars inside and outside your tub
    or shower and next to the toilet.
  • Put railings on both sides of the stairs.
  • Make sure your home has lots of light.

For more information go to CDC.com

Peace, Nurse Barb