It is no accident the first day of autumn is also the day selected as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day by the National Council on Aging. While we wave goodbye to summer, welcome this new season and use it as an opportunity to check in with the older loved ones in your life. The risk of falls increases dramatically as adults get older. In fact, one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year. These falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and trauma-related hospital admissions for older adults. They are also the leading cause of injury death for folks in this age group.
Take some time to check around your loved one’s home. Look for potential hazards such as slippery scatter rugs, cluttered walking paths, and dark stairwells. Remind older adults to wear sturdy shoes, even in the home. Some quick, basic changes can go a long way to reduce the risk of falling in the home – during any season.