Give Yourself a Fall Prevention Checkup
The risk of falling increases as we age. Every year, one in three Americans older than 65 sustains a fall. Many of these falls turn out to be harmless. But many are serious, leading to injury, hospitalization and incapacity. And every year 10,000 seniors will receive fatal injuries from falling.
The good news is that many falls can be prevented. The first step is to know the risks, and to take steps to reduce the risks over which we have some control.
If you are an older adult, or you worry that an older loved one could be at risk of falling, start the conversation with this checklist for assessing and reducing the risk of falls. If you have questions about reducing your risk of falls, talk to your healthcare provider about a fall prevention strategy that’s right for you.