As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely.
In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. In Clark County, falls are the number one cause of injury-related emergency room visits and they are the leading cause of injury-related death for Clark County residents 65 years and older. Falls are also costly. Annual national medical expenses for older adult falls cost over $31 billion, with costs expected to surge unless preventive measures are adopted.
Let’s take a stand against falls
Many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented. The risk of falling can be reduced by following these tips:
- Ask your health care provider for a screening.
- Check your home for safety. The CDC has developed a Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults.
- Exercise regularly and do exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi). The National Institute on Aging has some easy exercises you can try.
Join us for a free falls prevention screening and classes starting in September and October. Download the flyers to learn more:
Health care professionals
- Screen your patients using the STEADI toolkit from the CDC
- Refer to an evidence-based balance program that can help reduce fall risk:
- Stepping On
- Join the Nevada Goes Falls Free Coalition by emailing Shannon Martin @ Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Become a Stepping On leader by emailing Shannon Martin @ Shannon.email@example.com.