New Resources on Falls Prevention
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Most falls happen at home, although they can occur anywhere. They can surprise you when you are least expecting it, while you are carrying out your normal everyday activities. In fact, falls are the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults. Each year, up to a third of adults over the age of 65 living at home experience a fall, and almost two-thirds of older adults who have a fall will have another fall within a year. Learning ways to help prevent falls is an important part of every older adult's plan for maintaining their health, safety, independence and quality of life.
Healthinaging.org offers older adults and caregivers a video series on falls prevention, walking safety tips, and how to safeguard your home from falls. Tip sheets on preventing serious falls and how to use canes and walkers are also available online.
Be sure to check out the latest Health in Aging blog post, written by Jennie Chin Hansen, providing insight and resources on falls and falls prevention.
About the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging
The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) is a national non-profit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society (AGS). The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of older adults by:
- Providing health information to older adults and those who care for them;
- Advocating on behalf of programs and policies that help older adults to lead healthy, active lives; and
- Supporting research on the diseases and disorders of older adults.
About the American Geriatrics Society
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,000 health professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.