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You Can Prevent Falls

Falling is not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented. By knowing and managing your risk factors, you can live a full and active life free of the fear of falling.

You can reduce your risk of falling by paying more attention to what we like to call the "Three H's:" Your home, your health and your habits.

Gifts that keep giving by preventing falls

Gifts that keep giving by preventing falls

Related: Winter Falls Prevention

It’s that time again – time to give gifts that show how much you care. But what do you give someone who says they have everything they need? Another pair of gloves? Flowers? More candy? How about giving the older adult you love something that’s really useful? How about a gift that will help them avoid a fall?

  • Non-skid slippers: Not only are they practical for fall prevention, they also keep feet warm during cold winter nights. Safer than socks, non-skid slippers can help keep an older adult safe and warm.
  • Winter boots with rubber soles: Investing in a waterproof pair of winter boots with sturdy, non-slip rubber bottoms, can literally be life-saving this winter.
  • A sturdy step stool: Look for large platform steps, slip resistant feet and be sure it has a hand rail for help with balance.
  • A cordless telephone: Having a cordless phone means an older adult can keep it nearby and will not have to rush to answer a call.
  • Welcome mats or trays to absorb moisture from wet boots: A wet floor is a slippery floor. A tray inside an older adult’s door can contain the mess and prevent a possible fall.
  • A promise to shovel snow: Shoveling snow can take a major toll on the body, so giving a loved one the gift of not having to think about it this holiday season is money well-spent.

This year, give a gift that an older adult can not only use, but that will also reduce their risk of a potentially life-changing fall.

Related: Winter Falls Prevention

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Falls prevention begins at home. As we age, our bodies change and things that were once appropriate for us may no longer be. Making your home safer starts with minor changes, but could also include both minor and major investments in safety now and into the future.

Quick Fixes

Home, Sweet Falls-Free Home

To create a falls-free home, check for common falls risks in different areas of your home:

  • Floors: Keep walkways clear. Check carpets and rugs for rips and loose threads. Check hard surfaces for cracks and raised edges. If you must use rugs, secure them to the floor with tape or tacks.
  • Stairs: Check that handrails are in good repair, are not loose and do not move when used. Fix any broken steps. Install extra lighting at the top and bottom of the staircase.
  • Kitchen: Keep frequently used items where they can be reached without bending or reaching. Invest in a sturdy step stool with a hand rail to access out-of-reach items. Have a stool or chair in the kitchen for resting while you cook.
  • Bathroom: Have handrails professionally installed in the tub and near the toilet. Use a non-slip mat in the shower. Add extra lighting.
  • Bedroom: Keep light switches or lamps within easy reach of the bed, and use them when you get up at night. Ensure that you are able to easily get into and out of bed. Look into options to raise or lower your bed as necessary.

8 Easy Home Hacks to Prevent Falls

By making a few simple changes you can make your home immediately more fall-proof with little or no expense:

  • Arrange furniture so you have clear pathways between rooms.
  • Place a telephone and lamp or flashlight near your bed; add a night light along the route between your bedroom and the bathroom.
  • Keep appliance and telephone cords out of walkways (do not put cords under a rug).
  • Remove loose area rugs or secure them with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backing.
  • In the kitchen, store food, dishes and cooking equipment within easy reach; rearrange your closet to put clothes that you wear often where you can reach them without bending or stretching.
  • Repair loose carpeting or stairs. Add colored stripes to stairs for better visibility.
  • Use a rubber mat or textured strips in your bathtub or shower.


Good Investments

8 Smart Investments for a Falls-Free Home

Here are some simple and inexpensive items and improvements that can reduce your risk of falling in your home.

  • A folding step-stool with a hand rail for access to out-of-reach places can be purchased at most hardware, home improvement and general merchandise stores for around $50.
  • A basic cordless telephone keeps you from rushing to the phone and can be handy in emergencies. They can be purchased at most general merchandise, electronics and office supply retailers for around $20.
  • Grab bars next to the tub/shower and toilet make it safer to move around in your bathroom and cost from $15 and up at home improvement and hardware stores. Keep in mind that these should be professionally installed for maximum safety, which may add extra cost.
  • A sturdy shower chair can reduce the risk of slipping in the tub/shower and is also great for those who have trouble standing for long periods. They typically cost $35-50 and are available at most pharmacies and home medical supply retailers.
  • A raised toilet seat attaches to your current seat or toilet to provide ease getting up and down. They can cost from $25-50 at most pharmacies and home medical supply retailers. For added help, look for a model with built-in handrails.
  • Bed and chair risers can make low beds and chairs easier and safer to get in and out of. A set of four typically costs $20-40 dollars and can be purchased at most home goods, furniture and general merchandise retailers.
  • A cane or walker might be a good idea for someone who frequently uses furniture or walls to steady themselves as they walk around their home. Canes typically cost $10-20 and walkers start around $30 at most pharmacies and home medical supply stores.

In addition, you may want to consider some modifications, especially if you or a loved one live in an older home. These repairs and additions can cost anywhere from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars, but could help you avoid many more dollars in medical costs due to a fall.

  • Have an electrician install extra lighting around your home, especially around walkways and stairs, as well as light switches by every doorway between rooms.
  • Install handrails on both sides of stairways that run the full length of the stairs and are at a standard height. This includes indoor and outdoor stairs.
  • Door sills higher than a half inch can cause you to trip. Have them professionally removed.
  • Ramps or chair lifts can greatly improve the safety of individuals who may have trouble going up and down stairs.
  • If the entry to your home has steps, consider a small deck with railings to make it easier to go in and out.

If you aren't able or can't afford to take on these projects, there may be organizations in your community that can help. Ask your area agency on aging, city or county office on aging, community action center, senior center or local United Way office about available programs in your area. Find services where you live...


Keep Your Stairs from Tripping You Up

Stairs can be particularly dangerous for someone who may not be as strong or flexible as they once were. However a few minor changes and smart habits can make you safer going up and down at home or in the community.

At home, give your stairs a good safety check.

  • Handrails are essential for stair safety, even if there are just a few steps. Every staircase should have a sturdy railing on at least one side, though both sides is even better.
  • Most homes need more lighting around the stairs. Use the highest-wattage bulbs recommended for your fixtures. If there is not a light switch at both the top and bottom of long staircases, have an electrician install one. Consider having floor-level lighting added to your stairs for added visibility.
  • Another way to improve stair safety is to increase the contrast around the edges of the steps. This can be done with a strip of bright tape or paint at the front of each step. Use a slightly different color on the top and bottom steps
  • Check your stairs for loose or cracked boards, loose or torn carpet or other signs of wear, and have these repaired to minimize tripping and slipping.
  • Do not store items in stairwells or hang things on handrails.

In addition, adopt these smart habits to be safe on stairs at home and when you are out and about.

  • When carrying items up and down stairs, keep one hand free to hold the railing. Also make sure that your vision of the stairs in front of you is not blocked by your load.
  • Consider a messenger bag, shoulder bag or backpack to help carry items up and down stairs.
  • When out at night, keep a small flashlight in your purse or pocket to light the way on poorly-lit stairs.
  • Slow down and focus on the task of going up and down. Don’t try to multitask (including holding a conversation) on stairs.
  • Trust your instincts. If a staircase doesn’t look safe for you (i.e., it’s poorly lit, steep, in bad repair or lacking handrails), find another way or ask for help.
  • Be aware that reading or multi-focal eyeglasses can affect how well you judge distances to the next step. Talk to your eye care professional about options to see safely on stairs and while walking.


Make Your Bathroom A Falls-Free Zone

Almost 80 percent of falls in the home occur in the bathroom, and according to the CDC, more than 200,000 seniors are treated in emergency rooms each year for bathroom-related injuries. However, the addition of some simple and inexpensive safety features can make your bathroom cozy, relaxing and, most importantly, safe.

Do you know somebody who uses a nearby towel rack or the shower curtain rod to steady themselves in the tub or shower? This is a bad idea if you weigh more than a towel or shower curtain. Professionally installed grab bars provide more support and are much safer. Have reachable grab bars installed to help get in and out of the tub or shower, as well as for getting on and off the toilet.

Additional tips for a safer bathroom:

  • Install a non-slip mat or strips on the floor of your bathtub or shower, and place a non-slip rug or mat on the floor at the entry and exit point of the shower or tub.
  • Install a seat in the shower or tub or invest in a removable shower chair, available at most pharmacies and medical supply stores.
  • Install a bath caddy for toiletries so you don't have to stretch to reach what you want in the tub or shower.
  • Keep supplies (e.g., mop, sponges, cleansers) in the bathroom to clean up spills immediately.
  • Take a portable phone with you to the bathroom in case of emergencies.
  • Have grab bars professionally installed by the shower/tub and toilet.


Don't fall head over heels for your pet!

Many of us choose to share our homes with pets, and for good reasons. Studies have shown that owning a pet helps people socialize, increases their activity levels, and improves their mood. Pets also can lower an owner's blood pressure and decrease depression, stress and anxiety.

Even with all the health benefits, owning a pet can increase your risk of falling. Here are some tips to keep you from literally going head-over-heels for your pet:

  • Don’t step over pets on the floor – make them move.
  • Keep pet toys and supplies out of walkways.
  • Check around you to see where your pets are before walking, especially on steps and near doorways.
  • Use nightlights to help you see your pets in the dark.
  • Put a collar with a bell on your pet so that you can hear when it is near.
  • Teach your pets not to jump up on you or others while standing.
  • If your pet is large or powerful enough to push or pull you over, ask for help walking it or consider obedience classes to teach proper leash behavior.
  • Make sure your pet gets an appropriate amount of exercise; this will help it behave at home.
  • Keep water and food bowls out of walkways and clean up spills immediately.

A healthy body is a steady body. As we age, our bodies change, and those changes sometimes can increase our risk of falling. The good news is they don't have to. By understanding what happens to our bodies, making healthy choices and having ongoing conversations with our health care professionals, we can significantly reduce our risk of falling.


Exercise is one of the most important things you or your older loved ones can do to reduce the risk of falls and minimize injuries from a fall. Here are some easy exercises you can do in the safety of your home to maintain or improve your balance and help you prevent falls.

Easy Exercises to Prevent Falls - Part 1

Weight Shifting: Standing with your feet at hip-width, shift your weight to one side, lifting your opposite foot off of the floor. Hold the position as long as you can (about 30 seconds), then shift to the other side and repeat three times (or as many times as you are comfortable).

One-Legged Balancing: Start with your feet at hip-width and your hands on your hips. Lift one leg, bending at the knee, and hold this position for up to 30 seconds. Alternate with the other leg, and repeat five times (or as many times as you are comfortable).

Heel-Toe Walk: Stand with your arms straight out and your feet side by side. Focusing on a spot in front of you, take a step forward, placing the heel of the front foot directly in front of and touching the toe of your back foot. Take 10-20 steps this way, as you are comfortable.

Leg Raises: Sit in a sturdy chair with only your toes and the balls of your feet on the floor. Slowly extend one leg in front of you as straight as possible, but don't lock your knee. Flex your foot and point your toes toward the ceiling. Hold for 1 second then slowly lower your leg. Repeat 10-15 times, then switch to the other leg.

Easy Exercises to Prevent Falls - Part 2

Foot Taps: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart in front of a step (the bottom step of a staircase will work) or low piece of furniture. If needed, hold onto the wall or a sturdy piece of furniture for balance. Slowly raise one foot to tap the step in front of you, and then return it to the floor. Perform 15 to 20 taps, then repeat on the opposite leg. As you get stronger, perform the move without holding onto anything.

Head Rotations: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. If needed, hold onto the wall or a sturdy piece of furniture for balance. Slowly move your head from side to side then up and down while keep your body as still as possible. Do this for 30 seconds, then repeat. If you get dizzy, pause and move your head more slowly. If you’re still dizzy, stop. As you get stronger, perform the move without holding onto anything.

Standing Marches: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. If needed, hold onto the wall or a sturdy piece of furniture for balance. From here, lift one knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor (or as close to parallel as you can go) while you keep your torso straight and avoid any leaning. Pause, then slowly return your foot to the floor. Perform 20 marches, alternating between legs with each march. As you get stronger, perform the move without holding onto anything.

Sit-To-Stands: Stand tall with your back facing a sturdy chair and your feet hip-width apart. If you need to, hold onto the wall or a sturdy piece of furniture for balance. Sit back and slowly lower your hips onto the chair as gently as possible. Without swinging your torso, push through your heels to stand up. Perform 10 times. As you get stronger, perform the move without holding onto anything.

These exercises will get easier the more you do them. Try to do them at least three to five times a week for best results.   If you are unsteady when you first start, use a wall, countertop or sturdy chair to help you keep your balance, or ask a family member or friend to help.

Walking also is a great exercise, and public places like indoor shopping malls and museums can give you the opportunity to get some steps in, even when the weather outside is frightful. Check with your local senior center for indoor walking groups or exercise programs.


You've heard it before: You are what you eat. But did you know that healthy eating can also help prevent falls? Eating nutritious foods protects bones, joints and muscles and gives you strength and stamina, which ensures that you're able to stay active and independent.

What Your Eat Can Keep You on Your Feet

The definition of healthy eating does change a little as you age; for example, your body may need more of certain nutrients. Your metabolism also slows down, so you need fewer calories than before. This means that it is more important to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value.

The National Council on Aging recommends these steps to find the best foods for a steady body:

  • Read the Nutrition Facts label - Look for 5g or less of sugar and fat and 5g or more of fiber and protein.
  • Look for important nutrients - Choose foods that are calcium-rich and low in salt. Also, look for Vitamin D, an important mineral as we age.
  • Use recommended servings - To maintain your weight, eat the right amount of food for your age, body type and activity level.
  • Stay hydrated - Water is an important nutrient too. Staying properly hydrated prevents low blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and confusion.

Learn more about senior nutrition...

Health Care

Your health care provider is an important partner in helping you or a loved one prevent falls, and they can assist the best when you discuss with them what is going on in your life and health openly and honestly.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Falls

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling at least annually, and talk with him or her about specific things you can do to lower your falls risk. Questions to ask your provider include:

  • Can you give me a referral to have my vision checked?
  • Are there any assistive devices that would be appropriate for me?
  • What types of physical activity would be appropriate for me?
  • Can you give me a referral for a home assessment to reduce my risk of falls at home?
  • Are there community resources or classes that could help reduce my risk for falling?

The discussion with your doctor about falls must be a two-way conversation. It's important to tell your health care professional about any events or symptoms you've experienced in the past six months that could contribute to a higher risk falling - even if he or she doesn't ask. Openly and honestly tell your doctor if:

  • You've fallen, or nearly fallen (i.e., slipped or tripped);
  • You've experienced problems with walking or balance;
  • You've felt muscle weakness or numbness in your legs or feet;
  • You've had swelling in your ankles or feet;
  • You've had difficulty breathing or shortness of breath;
  • You've felt dizzy or lightheaded, or fainted;
  • You've experienced changes in hearing or vision;
  • You've seen changes in your sleep patterns;
  • You have chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis and high or low blood pressure;
  • You've felt depressed for an extended period of time;
  • You've had difficulty doing daily activities at home, such as bathing or getting dressed; or
  • You feel afraid of falling.

Tell Your Doctor if You Have Had Any Of These in the Past 6 Months

Finally, be sure talk to your doctor about chronic pain. Individuals with severe chronic pain are up to 77 percent more likely to fall than those without pain. Pain can cause you to resist activity and exercise and some pain medications can make you less stable on your feet. Talk with your doctor about the pain you experience and the best ways to treat the underlying causes of the pain.


Modern medicine is helping people live longer, healthier lives, but some prescription medications can increase your risk of falling by causing dizziness, drowsiness or numbness. They could also have other side effects that affect your balance and perception. You can avoid many risk factors that can lead to a fall and injury by being partners with your doctor and pharmacist and talking about your prescriptions.

Mind Your Medicines to Prevent Falls

  • Maintain a list of all the drugs you take, including doses, frequency and prescribing doctor. Also include any over-the-counter medicines or supplements you take. Bring the list with you to doctors' appointments and when you pick up prescriptions.
  • Read the prescription label. If it says "may cause dizziness or drowsiness," or cautions against driving, ask about the best time to take it to avoid falls. Ask your doctor about alternative treatments with less hazardous side effects.
  • Take your medicine exactly as prescribed. Ask your doctor to write detailed directions on how and when to take your medications.
  • Talk to your doctor about changes to your eating habits, as well as how much caffeine and alcohol you consume, as these can affect how your medicines work.
  • Ask your pharmacist about easier-to-read labels and instructions on your medicine containers if you have trouble reading warnings or directions.
  • Your pharmacist can help select the best over-the-counter medications that only have the ingredients you need for your symptoms.

Article: Write a Prescription to Prevent Falls

Write a Prescription to Prevent Falls


See your way to a steadier you!

Good vision is crucial to prevent falls, but it's no secret that, for many of us, our ability to see clearly in all situations can decline. That's why it's important to have an annual eye exam throughout your life and to use prescripition eyewear as directed.

  • Have an annual eye exam with pupil dilation performed by an eye care professional.
  • Where corrective lenses and use eye drops and other medications as prescribed.
  • Ask about alternatives to multi-focal lenses for when you are up and about. Glasses designed to help you read may make it difficult to see obstacles in your path while walking.
  • Ask your eye care professional for tips to get used to new prescription lenses.

Further, there are things you can do around your home that can help you see better:

  • Add light fixtures, lamps and night lights in dark areas of your home.
  • Use the highest-wattage bulbs recommended for your fixtures. Ask a lighting professional for advice on the best types of bulbs for your home.
  • Add contrasting colors on stairs and around bathroom fixtures to make them easier to see.
  • Wear a hat or sunglasses outdoors to control glare.

The decisions we make and the things we do every day can affect our likelihood of falling. Things that we once did easily may now require a little more thought and planning. By adopting a few new healthy habits - and dropping bad ones - you'll soon be making decisions that will keep you steady on your feet.

Stay Active and Healthy

8 Ways to Stay Active and Healthy and Prevent Falls

The eight most basic ways to stay active and healthy to prevent falls:

  1. Get 15 minutes of simple exercise each day.
  2. Join a balance and exercise program, like tai chi or "A Matter of Balance."
  3. Ask your health care provider for a falls risk assessment. Use our online assessment to start the conversation.
  4. Regularly review your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist.
  5. Get your vision and hearing checked annually.
  6. Slow down and think through the task you are performing. Be mindful of possible falls risks and act accordingly.
  7. Stay hydrated.
  8. Eat a balanced diet.

Break Bad Habits

Break Bad Habits to Prevent Falls

Preventing falls sometimes can be as simple as adopting new habits or breaking bad ones. Here are a few healthy habits that can help you lower your risk.

  • Move slowly when you get out of your bed or chair. Getting up suddenly can make you dizzy.
  • Stop at curbs and check the height before stepping up or down.
  • Watch the incline at curb cut-aways and ramps.
  • Keep at least one hand free for balance while walking, even if that means extra trips upstairs or to the car.
  • Don’t try to multi-task (such as use your cell phone or take off your coat, etc.) while walking or climbing stairs.
  • Wear shoes or slippers that fit well, wrap around the heel and have nonskid soles when at home. Do not walk around your home in socks, stockings or bare feet.
  • When you get out of a car, swing both legs out, place both feet on the ground and use your hands for support.

If you are going out alone, carry a cell phone. Know who you will call if you fall, and make sure that person knows what to do if you call.

Walking Cane Safety

Walking Cane Safety

Some older adults find that they could benefit from a little help to get around. A simple walking cane may be the answer. However, a cane that is used improperly or is not the right type for your needs could make things worse instead of better. Here's how to get the most out of a walking cane:

  • Have your cane properly fitted to your body.
  • The handle of the cane should come to the crease in your wrist while standing with arms at your sides.
  • Ask a mobility professional about the right cane for your activity level.
  • Do not borrow someone else's cane or walker.
  • Your cane and the foot on your weaker side should hit the ground at the same time.
  • Regularly check rubber feet and hand grips and replace if worn or cracked.

Safe on the Street, Safe on Your Feet

Be safe on your feet and safe on the street

Did you know that preventing falls can also help you be a better driver? Each year, nearly 12 million older adults experience a fall. Nationally, drivers who are 60 years of age or older are responsible for more than 400,000 automobile accidents annually.

A 2016 study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that older adults with a history of falling are at a 40 percent greater risk of being involved an auto accident than those who have never fallen. The report finds that a fall history can impact a person's driving capacity, making driving potentially unsafe for the driver and others.

This link between falls and auto accidents suggests that preventing a fall and addressing any health problems that may have contributed to a fall can make you a safer driver. Falls in older adults can cause injuries such as fractures and sprains that make driving difficult. These and similar conditions can lengthen your reaction time, limit your ability to see the environment around you and, perform steering maneuvers or brake. Falls can also be an indication of other health problems that can contribute to driving difficulties, including poor balance or vision issues.

To address these issues, recognize your limitations and take steps to reduce or minimize risk factors.

  • Exercise regularly to maintain the strength and flexibility to remain safely on your feet as well as behind the wheel.
  • Talk to your doctor about chronic pain and your options for controlling it.
  • Talk to your health care provider about any factors that keep you from getting a full night's sleep so you have the energy and alertness you need to stay safe.
  • Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist the medicines you take and how they may affect your driving skills as well as increase your risk for falling.
  • Have an annual eye exam and keep your eyeglasses prescription up-to-date. Discuss any problems you might have seeing clearly at night.
  • Have your hearing checked annually and talk to your provider about options to address hearing loss.
  • Ask about adult driver classes at your local senior center or driver training school.

Activities that sharpen physical skills and improve balance, strength and flexibility will not only lessen your falls risk, but may also improve your driving.

Learn more about older driver safety and transportation options...


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Consider an In-Patient Rehab Facility Before You Suffer a Fall
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Older women can reduce genetic effects of obesity through exercise: Study
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Countess of Chester Hospital patients urged to get up and get dressed
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Why hip fractures in the elderly are often a death sentence
June 4, 2018 - The Conversation

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Community paramedicine program for older adults reduced number of 911 calls, improved health
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Alzheimer's Q&A: Is it common to develop dementia after a head injury?
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Older Adults Live Strong Through Wholistic Approach
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In the comfort of home: Tips for aging safely in place – and not in a nursing home
May 23, 2018 - Los Altos Town Crier

Jessie VanSwearingen: Physical therapist advises how to reduce falls
May 21, 2018 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Case Reports Better in Preventing Falls than Charting, Duke Study Says
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Breaking vicious cycle of falls with computer games and booby-trapped walks
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Hospitalization of Older Adults Associated with High Risk of Opioid Exposure
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Inappropriate, Omitted Rx Common at Discharge for Older Adults
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Fat at the waistline linked to increased fall risk
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Tai chi: A true fountain of youth?
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Rising Rates of Deadly Falls in Older Adults
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CDC: Fall-related deaths spike; more intervention needed
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Rate of Deaths From Falls in Seniors Up From 2007 to 2016
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Deadly Falls On the Rise Among U.S. Seniors
May 11, 2018 - WebMD

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Fatal falls are on the rise for America’s senior citizens
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People with dementia have high risk of falling, NIHR-backed study reveals
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Preventing Falls in Older Adults: What Works and What Doesn’t
May 7, 2018 - Drexel University

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Feel like you’re taking a never-ending spiral of medications? ‘It’s a huge problem’
May 1, 2018 - Bellingham Herald

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May 1, 2018 - South Platte Sentinel

Haims: Here are some steps to preventing falls with our aging loved ones (column)
April 30, 2018 - Vail Daily

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April 29, 2018 - Medical News Bulletin

Aging with grace
April 29, 2018 - Pueblo Chieftain

Older adults more likely to exercise with peers
April 28, 2018 - Business Standard

Malnutrition in older adults
April 27, 2018 - Hiawatha World

How Do Senior Workers Impact the Workplace?
April 26, 2018 - Medical News Bulletin

Opioid use linked to increased risk of falls, death in older adults
April 23, 2018 - Medical Xpress

Opioid use linked to ‘increased risk of fatal falls in older adults’
April 23, 2018 - Nursing Times

Can Tai Chi Help Older Adults with Chronic Pain?
April 23, 2018 - Medical News Bulletin

Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says
April 21, 2018 - WHIO

Aging gracefully: Preventing falls
April 19, 2018 - CNN

Mild TBI May Elevate Parkinson's Disease Risk
April 18, 2018 - Medscape

USPSTF: Exercise Best for Preventing Falls
April 18, 2018 - MedPage Today

Preventing falls in older adults: Exercise and risk assessment can help, but no need for vitamin D
April 18, 2018 - Stanford University School of Medicine

USPSTF Issues Final Guidance on Preventing Falls, Fractures
April 18, 2018 - American Academy of Family Physicians

Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel
April 17, 2018 - U.S. News & World Report

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy
April 17, 2018 - McKnight's Senior Living

Worried about breaking a hip? There might be something better than calcium.
April 17, 2018 - Popular Science

Older adults may not need vitamin D to prevent falls and fractures
April 17, 2018 - Reuters

To Prevent Falls In Older Age, Try Regular Exercise
April 17, 2018 - NPR

New guidelines to prevent falls, fractures in older adults
April 17, 2018 - CBS News

Interventions to Prevent Falls in Older Adults: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force
April 17, 2018 - JAMA

Feeling unsteady? Exercise can help prevent falls in long-term care
April 16, 2018 - McMaster Optimal Aging

OSU Extension: Program will help older adults manage falls
April 12, 2018 - Lancaster Eagle Gazette

Falls in Older Adults Cost US Over $50 Billion Dollars Annually
April 4, 2018 -

Are high-risk anticholinergic medicines prescribed too often for older adults?
April 4, 2018 - American Geriatrics Society

What you should know about preventing falls
April 4, 2018 - The Northern Light

Fall prevention gets harder when elderly leave hospital
April 4, 2018 - Reuters

Medication reviews being offered at nearly 400 Ohio pharmacies
March 31, 2018 - Columbus Dispatch

Free medication review seeks to prevent falls among seniors
March 31, 2018 - Findlay Courier

Pharmacies offer free medication reviews for older Ohioans
March 31, 2018 - WKBN-TV

Older Adults Don't Get Enough of This Important Nutrient
March 30, 2018 - U.S. News & World Report

Pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 30, 2018 - Xenia Daily Gazette

Agency, pharmacies aid older adults
March 30, 2018 - Portsmouth Daily Times

Study highlights home care workers’ role in preventing falls
March 29, 2018 - Community Care Review

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 29, 2018 - Jackson County Times-Journal

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies making help available for aging seniors
March 29, 2018 - Galion Inquirer

The real cost of a fall: Falling in America — myth vs. reality
March 28, 2018 - McKnights Long-Term Care News

How to Choose a Medical Alert System
March 28, 2018 - Consumer Reports

Older patients being prescribed risky anticholinergic drugs over safer alternatives, U of M study finds
March 28, 2018 - MinnPost

Department of Aging, area pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 28, 2018 - Marion Online

New research shows community care clients enjoy preventative exercises
March 27, 2018 - Medical Xpress

Older adults often prescribed meds linked to higher side effect risks
March 27, 2018 - Medical Xpress

Column: America’s appalling reality: We don’t care about our older adults
March 27, 2018 - Sun Sailor

Local pharmacists to help seniors review drug combos, avoid falls
March 27, 2018 - Dayton Daily News

Local pharmacists to help seniors review drug combos, avoid falls
March 27, 2018 - Springfield News-Sun

Local pharmacists to help seniors review drug combos, avoid falls
March 27, 2018 - WHIO-TV

Getting Back on Your Feet After a Fall Injury
March 26, 2018 - JD Supra

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 26, 2018 - Clermont Sun

Weaning Older Adults Off Sedatives After Hospital Stay
March 25, 2018 -

Barriers to Older Adults’ Access to Fall Prevention Services
March 25, 2018 - Medical News Bulletin

Frailty in the Older Adult: A Surgical Deterrent?
March 23, 2018 - Medscape

Mobility Foundation hosts fall prevention program for seniors
March 23, 2018 - Lima Hometown Stations

Researchers explore ways to manage and prevent falls in older adults with dementia
March 23, 2018 - NewsMedical Life Sciences

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 23, 2018 - Pharmacy Today

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 23, 2018 - Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 23, 2018 - Van Wert Times Bulletin

Knee restrictors, ankle weights and gloves... hospital staff find out what it's like to live with frailty
March 22, 2018 -

Falls among oldest Americans increasing, but outcomes improving
March 22, 2018 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Department Of Aging And Pharmacies Partner To Prevent Falls
March 22, 2018 -

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to prevent falls
March 22, 2018 - Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian

County Pharmacies Participating In Effort To Reduce Senior Falling
March 22, 2018 - 1812 Blockhouse

Free medicine reviews to be offered April 1-7
March 21, 2018 - Piqua Daily Call

Department of Aging, Ohio pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls
March 21 - Sunbury News

Free medicine reviews to be offered April 1-7
March 21, 2018 - Troy Daily News

Bone Health Takes a Tumble
March 20, 2018 - AARP

Fall injuries in very elderly rising, outcomes may be slightly better
March 20, 2018 - Reuters

Senior Moments: Pride, and dust bunnies, goeth before the fall
March 17, 2018 - San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The Beautiful Mind: Brain injury is silent risk for older adults
March 16, 2018 - Courier Post

Putnam County Council On Aging – Fall Prevention Class @ Continental UM Church
March 16, 2018 - Continental eNews

Bad roads and resident falls: what's the holdup?
March 15, 2018 - McKnight's Senior Living News

Innovative Socks Reduce Fall Incidents and Accidents
March 15, 2018 - HospiMedica

Avoid falls key to good health as you age
March 15, 2018 - The Island Now

Voices: Preventing falls in long-term care homes
March  14, 2018 - Courier & Press

Older Adults with Fewer Social Ties Less Likely to Get Cataract Surgery
March 11, 2018 - Psych Central

Seniors & Aging: 5 Reasons seniors fall – are you at risk?
March 9, 2018 - The Suburban

5 ways to reduce the risk of seniors falling in the home
March 9, 2018 - Aged Care Guide

Man's 'Missing' Brain Was Actually a Large Air Pocket Inside His Head
March 9, 2018 - Live Science

Older Adults with Small Social Networks Less Likely to Get Cataract Surgery
March 8, 2018 - News Wise

Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually
March 8, 2018 - HealthDay

Nonfatal falls in residential settings account for $29.2 billion in healthcare spending: analysis
March 7, 2018 - McKnight's Senior Living

Study: Fall detection devices 'aren't properly tested'
March 6, 2018 - McKnights Long-Term Care News

Blind inventor sets sights on preventing fatal falls with cane hybrid
March 6, 2018 - The OC Register

Pain and Fall Risk in the Elderly
March 4, 2018 - Practical Pain Management

Pride May Come before a Fall--but Only Metaphorically
March 1, 2018 - Scientific American

YMCA of Ross County looks to build on partnerships and programming
Feb. 28, 2018 - Chillicothe Gazette

Voices: Use of restraints at nursing homes should be individualized
Feb. 28, 2018 - Courier & Press

Falls don’t have to be part of aging and can be prevented
Feb. 27, 2018 - Coastal Journal

Strength Training Tips For Seniors
Feb. 25, 2018 - Daily Citizen

Older adults with dementia more likely to be readmitted to hospital after discharge
Feb. 23, 2018 - NewsMedical

Free class is coming to Ironton
Feb. 22, 2018 - Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Reduce Your Risk Of Falls With "A Matter Of Balance"
Feb. 20, 2018 - Lakewood Observer

Watch your step; it could save you
Feb. 20, 2018 - Victoria Advocate

Being proactive about stair safety could be the difference for an older loved one
Feb. 19, 2018 - The Star

Easy does it! — Prevention of falls
Feb. 17, 2018 - Logan Daily News

Health Tip: Balance Moves for Older Adults
Feb. 15, 2018 - HealthDay

When Night Falls: Eight Ways Older Adults Can Avoid Nighttime Falls
Feb. 14, 2017 - Comforcare

Central obesity raises fall risk in older adults with normal weight
Feb. 14, 2018 - Healio

Progress, but far from perfection, on avoiding risky sedatives in older adults
Feb. 12. 2018 - Science Daily

Exercise, calcium, vitamin D, and other factors linked with fewer injurious falls
Feb. 12, 2018 -

Soften a fall with these safe landing strategies
Feb. 10, 2018 - Bangor Daily News

Four Types Of Exercises To Help Prevent Falls
Feb. 8, 2018 - Caregivers Connections

Blood sodium levels may affect cognition in older adults
Feb. 8, 2018 - MedicalXpress

The No. 1 Exercise That Could Prevent Falls
Feb. 7, 2018 -

David Oliver: Do bed and chair sensors really stop falls in hospital?
Feb. 6, 2018 - BMJ

Fitness instructor gives seniors a healthy fear of falls, then helps prevent them
Feb. 4, 2018 - CBC

Nurses with a mission: Send older ER patients home with help
Feb. 2, 2018 - ABC News

Older Adults’ Utilization of Community Resources Targeting Fall Prevention and Physical ActivityFour Types Of Exercises To Help Prevent Falls
Feb. 1, 2018 - The Gerontologist

Walgreens stores giving older adults tips to avoid injury from slips and falls
Jan. 31, 2018 - American Pharmacists Association

4 tips for helping your parents age at home
Jan. 31, 2018 - ABC 11

Elderly With Cognitive Impairment More Likely to Experience Falls
Jan. 30, 2018 - Neurology Advisor

Balance Training May Reduce Fall Risk in Older Adults With T2D
Jan. 29, 2018 - Endocrinology Advisor

7 steps to survive falls
Jan. 29, 2018 - Nevada Appeal

Getting a good night’s sleep can be hard as you age, and sleep aids can pose risks
Jan. 29, 2018 - Washington Post

‘I’d rather walk like a penguin than fall’ – Purdue expert offers tips on winter walking
Jan. 24, 2018 - Purdue University

Wearable Android device can assess seniors’ risk of suffering a nasty fall
Jan. 24, 2018 - Digital Trends

UD research: Practicing falling may help prevent it
Jan. 21, 2018 - Delaware State News

The future of your health is in the balance
Jan. 19, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Dr. Wood: Seniors need to take steps to reduce the risk of falling
Jan. 19, 2018 - The Olympian

A senior moment: Falls: An ounce of prevention ...
Jan. 19, 2018 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Falls more common in elderly with cognitive impairment
Jan. 19, 2018 - MedicalXpress

Health update: Strong legs can help you walk into ripe old age
Jan. 18, 2018 - London Daily Express

Falls Prevention Tool Closes Gap Between Nursing Practice and Patient Education
Jan. 16, 2018 - Cleveland Clinic

Prescription sleep medications put older adults at risk
Jan. 16, 2018 -

Ten ways to help older adults in winter
Jan. 16, 2018 - Columbus Dispatch

Fall prevention tips to keep people out of the ER
Jan. 15, 2018 - Macomb Daily

Masculinity and preventing falls: insights from the fall experiences of men aged 70 years and over
Jan. 11, 2018 - Disability and Rehabilitation

Emergency department program for older adults cuts hospitalizations by 33 percent
Jan. 11, 2018 - Northwestern University

How To Tumble With Care When It Gets Slippery Outside
Jan. 11, 2018 - Here & Now

Mediterranean diet may help protect older adults from becoming frail
Jan. 11, 2018 - EurekAlert!

Transitional care nurses in the geriatric emergency department reduce risk of inpatient admissions
Jan. 10, 2018 - MedicalXpress

Make the home safe for seniors
Jan. 10, 2018 - WinSouth

Start-Up Develops Shoes That Will Send Out Alerts If User Falls
Jan. 10, 2018 - Youth Incorporated

Tech for the elderly is a growing area, but founders should think more about whether their gadget will be used
Jan. 10, 2018 - The Verge

How to Prevent Falls
Jan. 8, 2018 - New York Times

These smart shoes alert you if your grandma falls
Jan. 7, 2018 - Engadget

Poor oral health contributes to frailty in older adults
Jan. 4, 2018 - NewsMedical

Afraid of falling? For older adults, the Dutch have a cure
Jan. 2, 2018 - New York Times

Allentown company wants to save lives with the "smartbelt"
Jan. 1, 2018 - WFMZ-TV

Vitamin D, calcium supplements may not lower bone fracture risk
Dec. 27, 2017 - NBC News

Booby-trapped obstacle course trains older people not to fall
Dec. 21, 2017 - New Scientist

Preparing your home for a senior holiday guest matters
Dec. 21, 2017 - WHNT-TV

Robotics Help Parkinson’s Patients Improve Their Balance and Gait
Dec. 20, 2017 - Electronics 360

Researchers focus on pain management in older adults
Dec. 20, 2017 - MedicalXpress

Simple Evaluation and Screening Could Catch a Quarter of Hip Fractures Before They Happen
Dec. 20, 2017 - Daily Telescope

Robotic device improves balance and gait in Parkinson's disease patients
Dec. 19, 2017 - EurekAlert

Using Virtual Reality May Help The Elderly Prevent Falls, Study Finds
Dec. 19, 2017 - Study Finds

You Will Slip & Fall; 4 Ways to Avoid a Fracture
Dec. 19, 2017 - American Council on Science and Health

Study: "Pride Comes Before a Fall" Is Flawed in Two Ways
Dec. 13, 2017 - Psychology Today

Does pride raise the risk of falling?
Dec. 13, 2017 - Medical News Today

ActiveProtective draws $4.7M for fall-sensing wearable airbag
Dec. 13, 2017 - Mobi Health News

New Protocol Leads to 62.9% Drop in Fall-Related ER Visits
Dec. 12, 2017 - Senior Housing News

Study suggests being proud may protect against falls in older people
Dec. 11, 2017 - Medical Xpress

Collaboration between EMS and primary care physicians could reduce unnecessary emergency transport for fallen seniors
Dec. 11, 2017 - Medical Xpress

How Hospitals are Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to Treat Patients
Dec. 11, 2017 - Sanvada Tech News

Older adults who take many different drugs have a higher risk for becoming frail
Dec. 8, 2017 - Knowridge Science Report

How can we prevent falls? Hospitals could find an answer in Cincy-designed 'smart' socks
Dec. 8, 2017 -

Protect Yourself From Slips and Falls This Winter
Dec. 8, 2017 - Consumer Reports

Exercise for Falls Prevention: Decision-making among Australian-born and Italian-born Older People
Dec. 8, 2017 - Activities, Adapation & Aging

The 6 Best Exercises for Preventing Falls in Older Adults
Dec. 4, 2017 - U.S. News & World Report

The 'Surprising' Realities of Slips, Trips & Falls: What It Takes to Actually Make Significant Improvements
Dec. 1, 2017 - Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

Before the Falls
Dec. 1, 2017 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News

9 ways to prevent fractures in elderly at home
Nov. 30, 2017 - The Health Site

The Most Important Fall Prevention Tips for Older Adults
Nov. 28, 2017 - North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group

The mediating role of psychological symptoms on falls risk among older adults with osteoarthritis
Nov. 28, 2017 - Clinical Interventions in Aging

Aging may not be why older adults have difficulty getting enough sleep
Nov. 26, 2017 - Toronto Star

Exercise can give seniors more energy
Nov. 22, 2017 - UPI/HealthDay News

How Could Artificial Intelligence Change Assisted Living Facilities?
Nov. 21, 2017 - Forbes

Control rehospitalizations using engagement to drive business
Nov. 21, 2017 - McKnights Long-Term Care News

Start the Week Off Right: Keep your feet under you with these winter tips
Nov. 20, 2017 - Quad-City Times

Aging, balance and flexibility
Nov. 19, 2017 - The Garden Island

Doctor: Sleeping pills shouldn't be problem sleepers' first choice
Nov. 18, 2017 - Sioux City Journal

Don't let your holiday shopping trip end with a tumble
Nov. 17, 2017 - News Release

'Tis the season to fall-proof your home
Nov. 17, 2017 - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Senior Citizens Play Schoolyard Games With A Lifesaving Purpose
Nov. 16, 2017 - News Release

This common medication is putting you at risk
Nov. 15, 2017 - Bel Marra Health

What to know about medication safety for older adults
Nov. 15, 2017 - Kitsap Sun

Exercise Reduces Risk for Injurious Falls in Elderly
Nov. 10, 2017 - Medscape

Falling for illusions — UI researcher finds evolutionary reasons for optical illusions
Nov. 8, 2017 - The Argonaut

Exercise alone, intervention combinations lower risk for injurious falls
Nov. 8, 2017 - Healio

Even in your 70s, it’s not too late to start working out
Nov. 7, 2017 - Washington Post

How to Prevent Falls in Older Adults: New research reveals strategies that safeguard seniors from injuries
Nov. 7, 2017 - Consumer Reports

Adding other therapy to exercise may be best for fall prevention
Nov. 7, 2017 -

Silver Linings: Famed inventor helping older people stay on their feet
Nov. 6, 2017 - New Hampshire Union Leader

‘Fall back’ provides opportunities to check home to avoid a fall going forward
Nov. 3, 2017 - Bellefontaine Examiner

Make sure your Clocks fall back this weekend, not you
Nov. 2, 2017 - WMOA-AM

Ohio Dept. of Aging gives tips to help seniors avoid falling as residents prepare to 'fall back'
Nov. 2, 2017 - WKYC-TV

As you "fall back," check for home hazards to avoid a fall going forward
Nov. 2, 2017 - News Release

Study: Yoga reduces falls among the elderly
Nov. 2, 2107 - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Art of Aging: Tips on preventing falls
Nov. 2, 2017 - WPVI-TV

EHR Data Use Can Help Identify Senior Patients At Risk of Falling
Nov. 2, 2017 - EHR Intelligence

Residents' increasing acuity drives need for talks, education, data collection
Nov. 1, 2017 - McKnight's Senior Living

A Clearer Understanding of Slips and Falls
Nov. 1, 2017 - Occupational Health & Safety

5 Simple Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors
Oct. 31, 2017 - Henry Ford Health System

The geriatric athlete
Oct. 31, 2017 - South Platte Sentinel

Dance research is step to wellbeing
Oct. 31, 2017 - Cambridge Network

Easy tweaks can help prevent falls
Oct. 28, 2017 - Lawrence Journal-World

Let’s Focus This Autumn on Fall Prevention
Oct. 27, 2017 - Avera

Most hip fractures occur indoors, during warmer months
Oct. 26, 2017 - Bend Bulletin

Timed up and go test combined with self-rated multifactorial questionnaire on falls risk and sociodemographic factors predicts falls among community-dwelling older adults better than the timed up and go test on its own
Oct. 26, 2017 - Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare

FLEXIBLE FITNESS: No falls this fall
Oct. 25, 2017 - Wicked Local

Half of floors in businesses do not pass safety muster: Study
Oct. 25, 2017 - Business Insurance

Helping seniors reduce the risk for falls
Oct. 21, 2017 - The Island Now

Better Aging for a Better Life
Oct. 18, 2017 - Mint Hill Times

Fall-proofing homes for seniors
Oct. 17, 2017 - KARE 11

Insomnia symptoms forecasts 2-year risk for falls in older adults
Oct. 17, 2017 - Healio

Trauma after fall can create dangerous domino effect
Oct. 14, 2017 - InForum

This Fitness Sensor Evolved To Aid Elderly People, Prevent Falls
Oct. 13, 2017 - Sport Techie

Exercising, muscle strengthening help reduce risk of falling down
Oct. 13, 2017 - Buffalo Reflex

Ohio communities smash goal to take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls"
Oct. 11, 2017 - Ohio Department of Aging

States Adopt Programs to Keep Seniors Mobile and Healthy
Oct. 11, 2017 - U.S. News and World Report

Emerging Technology Looks to Help Older Americans Age Better
Oct. 11, 2017 - U.S. News and World Report

Aging slows perception of falls
Oct. 11, 2017 - University of Waterloo

Holmes hikers hear importance of falls prevention
Oct. 10, 2017 - Wooster Daily Record

Taking sleep medications to treat insomnia may increase risk of falling for older adults
Oct. 10, 2017 - NewsMedical

Falls prevention at home
Oct. 10, 2017 - Just Better Care

Ironton, Lawrence County recognized by the Ohio Department of Aging
Oct. 5, 2017 - Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Insurance agents normal day at work saves elderly woman
Oct. 5, 2017 - WTOL-TV

Improving SNF staff communication doesn't help reduce resident falls, study finds
Oct. 4, 2017 - McKnights Long-Term Care News

Community falls management class set for Oct. 12
Oct. 3, 2017 - Ironton Tribune

Promoting high-quality staff interactions fails to improve fall prevention
Oct. 3, 2017 - Healio

Staff training intervention doesn't impact fall prevention
Oct. 3, 2017 - Medical Xpress

Event marks 44,000 steps walked
Oct. 3, 2017 - Jackson County Times-Journal

44,000 steps to fall prevention awareness
Oct. 2, 2017 - Gallipolis Daily Tribune

Falls prevention program scheduled
Oct. 2, 2017 - Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Exercise Recommended by USPSTF for Preventing Falls in Seniors
Oct. 2, 2017 - Rheumatology Advisor

Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls
Sept. 30, 2017 - HealthDay

The best thing you can do to protect an older loved one from falling isn't what you might think
Sept. 30, 2017 - Deseret News

Age Safe America Declares Grab Bars Are The New Seat Belts
Sept. 29, 2017 - PR Web

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans Use Sleep Aids Without Notifying Doc
Sept. 29, 2017 - PsychCentral

Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts
Sept. 29, 2017 - BBC

Falls Prevention in the Community: A 5-Point Checklist for Navigating Your Neighborhood
Sept. 28, 2017 - National Council on Aging

Fall Prevention in Hospitals Training Program
Sept. 28, 2017 - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Free Community Falls Management Class beginning Oct. 12 in Jackson
Sept. 28, 2017 - Jackson County Times-Journal

USPSTF Draft Recommendations Address Falls, Fractures
Sept. 28, 2017 - AAFP

Can Technology Predict Falls in Older Adults?
Sept. 28, 2017 - NextAvenue

One in three older adults take something to help them sleep but many don't talk to their doctors
Sept. 27, 2017 - MedicalXpress

This Could Be the Key to Staying Active as You Age
Sept. 27, 2017 - Thrive Global

Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls
Sept. 27, 2017 - HealthDay

STEADI as they go: Pharmacists called upon to help older adults prevent falls
Sept. 26, 2017 - American Pharmacists Association

Fall Prevention: People walk to raise awareness
Sept. 24, 2017 - Ironton Tribune

Ironton event looks to prevent seniors from falling
Sept. 23, 2017 - Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Spring Forward But Don't Fall Back In Any Season: NCOA Celebrates Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Sept. 22, 2017 - Forbes

Fall prevention: What you need to know
Sept. 22, 2017 - Healio

Dr. Zorba Paster: Preventing falls is a key to good health in senior years
Sept. 22, 2017 - State Journal

Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People
Sept. 21, 2017 - U.S. News & World Report

Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Collins Resolution Marking September 22nd as “National Falls Prevention Awareness Day”
Sept. 21, 2017 - WAGM

Preventing Falls From the Inside and Out: A Guide to Helping Elders Stay on their Feet
Sept. 21, 2017 - Huffington Post

10 million steps to prevent falls set Friday in Ironton
Sept. 21, 2017 - Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Helping seniors improve balance and reduce the number of falls
Sept. 20, 2017 - Los Altos Town Crier

Falls Are Leading Cause Of Death For Older Ohioans
Sept. 20, 2017 - IdeaStream

Online letters: Be aware of dangers of falls
Sept. 20, 2017 - Toledo Blade

Make your business a falls-free zone!
Sept. 20, 2017 - Prevention+Care: Ohio Worker's Comp News

Coshocton Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center to help Ohio take 10 million steps to prevent falls
Sept. 19, 2017 - Coshocton Beacon

Area Agency on Aging 3 hosting National Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Sept. 19, 2017 - Lima News

This Gentle Exercise Is Proven to Help Prevent Falls in Seniors
Sept. 19, 2017 - Reader's Digest

Community invited to Walk One Mile for Falls Prevention Awareness
Sept. 18, 2017 - Jackson County Times-Journal

Take a walk for falls prevention
Sept. 17, 2017 - Sidney Daily News

Prevent Blindness Supports National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22
Sept. 14, 2017 - WCSM

Older adults who had fallen more likely to experience car crashes, study finds
Sept. 14, 2017 - News Medical

Your best shot at keeping liability premiums down
Sept. 14, 2017 - McKnight's Senior Living

Hospitals Increasingly Tell Patients to Get Up and Move
Sept. 12, 2017 - Wall Street Journal

Feasibility of Assessing Falls Risk and Promoting Falls Prevention in Beauty Salons
Sept. 12, 2017 - Journal of Primary Prevention

Fall death rate increasing 4.9% annually
Sept. 8, 2017 - McKnight's Senior Living News

Tackling the Health Issue of Falls: What we can learn from the Fall Prevention Challenge
Sept. 1, 2017 - HomeCare Magazine

More tips on preventing falls
Sept. 1, 2017 -

These tips will help older adults avoid life-threatening falls
Sept. 1, 2017 -

Researchers develop new assessment to predict risk of falls in long-term care patients
Aug. 31, 2017 - NewsMedical

Balancing Mobility and Fear of Falls in Seniors
Aug. 30, 2017 - U.S. News and World Report

Walking for a good cause
Aug. 29, 2017 - Ironton Tribune

Fall Prevention At Home
Aug. 29, 2017 - IDL America

Fall prevention important for older adults
Aug. 28, 2017 - Muskogee Phoenix

Older patients do not participate in fall prevention activities
Aug. 25, 2017 - Healio

Exercise also important for older adults
Aug. 25, 2017 - Harker Heights Herald

How You Think About Your Arthritis Makes a Difference
Aug. 24, 2017 - MedlinePlus

We're Underestimating Slip and Fall Risks: New Pig Survey
Aug. 24, 2017 - Occupational Health & Safety

Smoking tied to frailty in older adults
Aug. 25, 2017 - Reuters

Exercises Your Parent Can Do to Help Prevent Falls
Aug. 23, 2017 - Tender Hearted home Care

Links between irregular heartbeat and unexplained falls
Aug. 23, 2017 - Irish Examiner

Sitting Could Be Big Health Risk for Frail Folks
Aug. 21, 2017 - MedlinePlus

MEDICAL MONDAY: Fall prevention
Aug. 21, 2017 -

Increasing physical activity, function can decrease fall fears
Aug. 18, 2017 - Medical Xpress

STEADY U Ohio Sponsors Annual Falls Prevention Event in September
Aug. 18, 2017 - Ohio Hospital Association

State seeks local partners to step up, help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls”
Aug. 18, 2017 - Circleville Herald

State seeks local partners to step up, help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls”
Aug. 17, 2017 - Jackson County Times-Journal

State seeks local partners to step up, help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls”
Aug. 17, 2017 - Coshocton Beacon

Increasing Physical Activity, Function Can Decrease Fall Fears
Aug. 17, 2017 - DoctorsLounge

Smoking linked to frailty in older adults
Aug. 17, 2017 - Science Daily

Program to focus on fall prevention
Aug. 16, 2017 - Massilllon Independent

Column: Fall prevention tips to keep you safe
Aug. 16, 2017 -

Falls: A closer look
Aug. 15, 2017 - McKnights

A New Age of Aging: How Tech Can Ease the Trials of Getting Old
Aug. 8, 2017 - UC Berkeley Alumni Association

Emergency department visits not a catalyst for falls prevention activities
Aug. 8, 2017 - Medical Xpress

Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls
Aug. 8, 2017 - New York Times

Meta-Analysis: Tai Chi Keeps Seniors from Falling
Aug. 3, 2017 - MedPage Today

The Public's Health: Falls are devastating but preventable
Aug. 1, 2017 - Montana Standard

Day by Day: Education can balance seniors’ risk of falling
July 31, 2017 - This Week Columbus

Hospitalizations for dementia preventable
July 31, 2017 -

Slips, falls leading cause of serious injuries for people 65+
July 31, 2017 - WSB Radio

Could tai chi reduce the risk of falls in older adults?
July 27, 2017 - Medical News Today

Walgreens Educating Older Adults on Fall Prevention
July 27, 2017 - HomeCare Magazine

Dog ownership can help older people stay more active – study
July 25, 2017 - Irish Times

Despite Fall Prevention Orders, Two Residents of Same Nursing Home Suffer Fatal Falls Within 1.5 Months
July 25, 2017 - Levin & Perconti Blog

The Big Three: Dementia, erratic driving and falls
July 21, 2017 - Lincoln Journal-Star

Falls, syncope significantly high in older community-dwelling adults
July 20, 2017 - Healio

Practical Approaches to Treating Hypertension
July 20, 2017 - Medical News Bulletin

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities, Carson says
July 19, 2017 - McKnight's Senior Living News

Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults
July 18, 2017 - Medical Xpress

Older people: Stay hydrated & stop a fall
July 5, 2017 - Mix 96

Maintaining balance as you age is crucial for staying active
July 5, 2017 - Jewish Community Voice

How Urban Parks Keep Seniors Healthy and Living Longer
July 4, 2017 - Torontoist

Is the emergency room always necessary?
July 4, 2017 - Lawrence Journal-World

Reducing Falls After Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Quality Improvement Project
July 3, 2017 - Healio

Successful Aging: Factor in fall prevention outside one’s home
July 1, 2017 - Los Angeles Daily News

More Americans are walking for exercise
June 30, 2017 - KSWO

Baby boomers fuel wave of products meant to help them live longer and better
June 30, 2017 - San Diego Union-Tribune

Aging Safely at Home: What You Need to Know
June 29, 2017 - WTOP

Simple ways to make older people feel safe in their home environment
June 29, 2017 - NetDoctor

Non-selective beta-blockers increase fall risk in older adults
June 29, 2017 - Pharmaceutical Journal

Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
June 29, 2017 - Southeast Sun

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It Takes Everyone

Most falls in older adults can be prevented. A person's risk for falls goes down the minute he or she stops being afraid of falling. Preventing falls for every older Ohioan will take a community approach. Everyone - from the individual and his family, to doctors and nurses, to business owners and managers, to community leaders and more - has a role to play in preventing falls. It's like the old saying goes, "United we stand, divided we fall." What's your role in preventing falls in Ohio?

A single fall can change a loved one's life... and possibly yours.A single fall can change someone's life significantly and make her more reliant on others for help. As a someone who cares for or about an older loved one, you have to find the balance between ensuring your loved one is safe, and respecting her right to make decisions for herself.

Many older adults are reluctant to talk about falling because they see it as a threat to their independence. Bring the topic up frequently with your loved one and be persistent, but respectful. If he says he doesn't want to talk about it, that's OK, but bring the topic up again, soon.

  • Assure him that falling is not a normal part of aging and that most falls can be prevented.
  • Use tools like the Falls Risk Self-assessment to help him see his health and environment in new ways.
  • Share stories of others you know who have fallen, even your own experiences; ask open-ended questions like: "What could she have done to prevent that fall?"

Don't let someone you care about become afraid of falling.

People who fall (or nearly fall) may develop a fear of falling and modify their behavior in ways that actually increase their risk of falling again, such as becoming less active and changing the way they walk. A Matter of Balance is a community-based workshop that can help your loved one (and you) learn to see falls as something that can be controlled.

Help your loved one remain physically active.

Any type of movement helps, from simply lifting your legs while you watch TV and marching in place in the kitchen, to walking and swimming, to exercise programs like yoga and tai chi.

  • Build on activities that she enjoys and talk with her about things she'd like to try.
  • Find out about local exercise programs for older adults by contacting your local senior center, community action agency or agency on aging.
  • Discuss any new or intensified exercise or activity with a doctor to ensure that the activity is safe and appropriate.
  • Ask her doctor about inner-ear conditions and medication side effects.
  • Make sure she has her vision checked regularly, that her glasses fit properly and that she wears them when she's active.
  • Offer to exercise with her.

More tips about exercise to prevent falls...

Don't ignore chronic pain.

Individuals with severe chronic pain are up to 77 percent more likely to fall than those without pain. Pain can cause your loved one to resist activity and exercise. Likewise, some pain medications can make him less stable on his feet.

Encourage appropriate use of assistive devices.

Walkers and canes can help with balance. Folding step stools with hand rails are a far safer alternative to reaching high places than chairs or other furniture. Other devices, such as tools for reaching and grabbing, can keep a loved one from over-extending and losing balance.

Regarding canes and walkers:

  • Be sure canes and walkers are the right size and properly adjusted for your loved one (i.e., with the handle at wrist height).
  • Regularly check the rubber tips on canes and walkers and replace them if they appear worn, dried out or damaged.
  • If your loved one uses a cane or walker while out and about, he should use them to get around the house as well.

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Promote good nutrition and hydration.

A balanced diet with a variety of vegetables and calcium-rich foods promotes overall general health and minimizes the symptoms of some chronic illnesses. Staying properly hydrated prevents low blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and confusion.

  • Offer a variety of beverage choices, such as different flavorings and various temperatures.
  • Encourage your loved one to eat fruits and vegetables that help with hydration, such as watermelon and applesauce.
  • Encourage frequent trips to the bathroom or suggest a regular schedule to prevent her from having to go in a hurry.
  • Talk with her and her doctor about medical conditions and medications that can cause dehydration or frequent urination.

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Health care and other service providers are uniquely positioned to help prevent falls.Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and the most common cause of hospital admissions for trauma in older Ohioans. Health care and other service providers, like doctors, nurses, physical therapist, pharmacists, EMTs, home health aides, senior center staff and others, are uniquely positioned to actively assess their consumers' risk and teach them prevention strategies.

  • Older adults account for a disproportionate share of fall-related injuries. While Ohioans age 65 and older make up approximately 16 percent of our population, they account for more than 85 percent of fatal falls.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Falls account for more than 90 percent of all accidental hip fractures.
  • Fall-related emergency room-visit and inpatient hospitalization rates are higher for falls than all other injuries combined.
  • The risk of falling increases significantly after age 75.

After an ER visit for a fall, about 7 in 10 older adults talked to their doctors about the fall. Fewer sought and used help to prevent future falls.

Further, researchers at the Boston University Medical Center recently found that only seven out of ten (71 percent) older adults who had visited an emergency room because of a fall talked to their regular health care provider about the fall that sent them to the ER. Fewer than half (46 percent) asked family for help to prevent future falls. About a third (37 percent) asked their health care provider or friends for help to prevent falls. Most concerning, only two percent sough out a falls prevention program and fewer than one percent actually participated in such a program.

STEADI Toolkit for Medical Professionals

In clinical settings, an effective falls intervention involves assessing and addressing an individual's fall risk factors. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition encourage all Ohio health care providers to adopt the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) toolkit.

STEADI is a suite of materials created for health care providers to help assess, treat and refer older patients based on their falls risk. STEADI can help you:

  • Make fall prevention part of your practice;
  • Get background information about falls;
  • Read case studies featuring patients at risk of falling;
  • Use validated tests to assess your patients' falls risk factors;
  • Offer your patients a medical referral;
  • Offer your patients encouragement, resources and referrals; and
  • Earn reimbursements for fall screenings and fall prevention reimbursable services.

In-Home Service Providers

  • Identify consumers who use a walker or other assistive device and plan time that is sufficient to provide the services they need.
  • Monitor homes for falls hazards (cords, rugs, poor lighting, etc.) and educate consumers about what they can do to reduce their risk of falling.
  • Have and call alternate phone contacts for all consumers in case a consumer does not answer the door on a scheduled care day.
  • Train staff to recognize consumers who regularly wear safety alert devices or use walkers, canes or wheelchairs. Empower staff to start a conversation with these consumers if they see them not using their assistive devices.
  • Be aware of extreme consumer weight loss or gain. Improper nutrition may lead to muscle weakness and dizziness, which could result in a fall.
  • Have a nurse monitor consumers' prescriptions and check to see they are taking their medications as directed. Problems with medications should be communicated to their case manager and physician.
  • Identify and report to case managers any needs for home modifications or assistive devices that could reduce falls, and include them in the consumer's care plan.
  • Encourage consumers to ask their doctors about a falls risk assessment and for help identifying appropriate physical activity, especially if they have fallen or have a fear of falling. Use the falls risk self-assessment to help get the conversation started.
  • Ensure that consumers who wear glasses or hearing aides are wearing them and that they fit properly.
  • If appropriate, assist the consumer with clearing their driveway and sidewalk or provide them with resources.
  • If a consumer has a history of falling, document his or her activities and look for patterns.
  • Include a falls risk assessment in the initial and on-going assessments of each consumer.
  • Create a falls prevention policy for your agency and ensure that staff are aware of and understand it.
  • Have at least one staff member trained in home hazard risk assessment (check with your local health district for training opportunities).

Senior Centers

  • Offer a variety of exercise classes that help to improve strength and balance.
  • Allow members to watch exercises classes before signing up so they can assess their ability to safely participate.
  • Add a routine fall risk assessment activity into your calendar of events. Encourage members to take the online self-assessment.
  • Keep hallway areas clear so no one is discouraged from using their wheelchair, cane or walker.
  • Have railings on both sides of staircases.
  • Monitor parking lots and building entrances regularly for slipping and tripping hazards.
  • If your center is a congregate meal site, offer to help members by carrying their meal tray to their table and clearing it when they are finished.
  • Provide plenty of space between tables in dining and activity rooms.
  • Install grab bars in restrooms.
  • Provide seating areas throughout the building so that members have an opportunity to rest between activities.
  • Educate staff about falls risks so they can identify and remove slipping and tripping hazards. Use our Slips, Trips and Falls Hazard Checklist.
  • Create a policy for falls prevention and ensure staff are aware of and understand it. View a sample policy.
  • Empower your members to notify you of slipping, tripping, and falls hazards by placing suggestion boxes in your facility. Download and print sample "Fall-Free Zone" signs.
  • Notify your local media if you have a weather-related closing so that members do not travel in poor conditions.

According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, slips, trips and falls are the leading cause for worker injury. When staff or customers fall in your business, it doesn't just hurt them; it also hurts your reputation and your bottom line.

Most falls in businesses can be prevented, and prevention can be done largely through staff and customer education and motivation. The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the Golden Buckeye program have partnered with STEADY U Ohio to provide tips and resources to retailers to make their businesses "fall-free zones."

Make Your Business A Falls-Free Zone

Make Your Business A Fall-Free Zone.

  • Create a falls prevention policy for your business and make sure your employees know and understand it.
  • Use the Slips, Trips and Falls Hazard Checklist to identify issues with flooring, stairs, lighting and housekeeping that could cause accidents.
  • Post signs at your entrance and around the business advising customers to notify staff of slipping or tripping hazards.
  • Ensure that walkways are clean and clear of cords and obstructions. If you must use rugs or mats, ensure that they remain flat and that they do not move under foot.
  • Ensure that people can move freely around displays in the aisles without adjusting their gait. Avoid displays at the end of aisles that obscure a customer's view of other customers and obstacles.
  • Have staff regularly monitor aisles for items that have fallen off shelves and are blocking. Quickly clean up all spills (dry materials can be just as slippery as wet). Provide supplies (i.e., towels, "wet floor" signs, trash cans) in convenient locations around your business.
  • Keep outdoor walkways and entryways free of ice and snow. Regularly clean up water and salt that is tracked inside. Encourage customers to wipe their feet and use umbrella bags.
  • Ensure that holiday decorations and displays do not protrude into walkways or cause "traffic jams." Assure that lighting levels are not too low or too high.
  • Provide seating around your business, particularly in areas where customers may have to wait during busy times (e.g., near checkout lines, the service desk, the pharmacy, restrooms and exits).
  • When it's snowy or icy, extend sales or offer shopping options for older customers (e.g., delivery or rain checks by phone) so they don't have to risk falling to get a good deal.
  • Educate staff on proper lifting and carrying techniques and equipment, and instruct them to help customers carry large or bulky objects and bags.
  • If someone falls, document the incident and examine the cause so that you can prevent future accidents. Use our incident report template to get started.
  • Empower staff to offer assistance to customers who appear to be having trouble getting around. Download and share our tip sheet on how to assist an older adult who appears to need help.

STEADY U Ohio Falls Risk Self-Assessment


Learn to Prevent Falls

A Matter of Balance Tai Chi

The STEADY U initiative coordinates two opportunities in Ohio's communities to learn how to prevent falls. "A Matter of Balance" connects you to others to learn together about proven strategies to remove falls hazards and reduce your fear of falling. In addition, tai chi instructors in your community can help you learn the ancient martial art proven to increase balance and strength.

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