FULTON – It is estimated that every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in adults 65 years of age and older. However, falling is not a not an inevitable part of aging, and many falls can be prevented.
The National Council on Aging recommends following these 6 tips to help prevent falls:
1. Find a good balance or exercise program. Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility.
2. Talk to you health care provider. Ask for an Assessment of your risk of falling and share your history of recent falls.
3. Regularly Review you medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling and take medications only as prescribed.
4. Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses. Your eyes and ears are key to keeping your balance.
5. Keep your home safe. Remove trip hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.
6. Talk to your family. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.
In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Month, The Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition will be hosting, “6 steps to Better Balance” at Fulton Mills Apartments 265 W. First St., S., Fulton.
This fun, interactive course teaches stretches and activities to improve balance and reduce the fear of falling, so that people can maintain their independence as long as possible. It is free of charge and open to the public.
Please join us on October 1 at 1:30 to 3 p.m. for the first class.
For more information about the course, please call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547.
To register for the class, call Linda Hughes at Fulton Mill Apartments 315-944-7823.