Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths. At Intermountain Medical Center 44% of trauma related deaths are caused by falls. It is important to remember that falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls are preventable. Here are some helpful tips to prevent falls.
Physical activity strengthens muscles and improves balance, which decreases the risk of falling.
Older adults should have regular eye exams at least once a year and should always wear the appropriate glasses or contact lenses.
Because almost half of all falls occur at home, it is important to identify potential hazards in the home. Walk ways need to be kept clear of clutter or anything a person may trip over, like throw rugs. Proper lighting and installation of hand and guard rails throughout the home can help to ensure the safety of the home. And items that are used regularly should be kept within reach without use of a step stool.
The Stepping on Falls Prevention Program is an evidenced based program, endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program has been proven to reduce the risk of falls among older adults. Stepping On is offered throughout the state of Utah at local area senior centers and is free to those 60 and older.