7 Fall Prevention Resources for Older Americans Month

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7 Fall Prevention Resources for Older Americans Month

Every May we celebrate Older Americans Month in order to recognize the contributions and achievements of older Americans. The observance also affords the nation an opportunity to take action on important issues that impact the health and safety of elders. This year, the theme of OAM is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow, in order to bring attention to the importance of safety and injury prevention.

Falls are the leading cause of injury, of hospitalization due to trauma, and of death from an injury among adults age 65 and older. However, fall risks can be reduced through several interventions: a fall risk assessment by a health professional; regular physical activity to increase balance, strength and flexibility; and having a home assessed and modified to prevent falls.

 

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