Next Thursday is the start of fall – and that’s a great time for senior fall prevention awareness and education! In fact, Sept. 22 is National Falls Prevention Day, an event aimed at raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s National Council on Aging event is “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.”
Courville at Nashua will hold a fall prevention screening for residents Sept. 22, and also offer educational materials to better inform residents about senior falls.
How much do YOU know about falls? Let’s test your Fall IQ:
1. You can completely eliminate the risk of falling
2. How many seniors are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year?
B) 1.75 million
C) 2.2 million
D) 2.8 million
A) While shopping
B) In a parking garage
C) At home
D) At the park
4. Falls are a normal part of aging.
5. Which of these are risk factors for senior falls?
A) Eyesight problems
B) Vitamin D deficiency
C) Foot problems
D) All of the above
6. What percentage of Americans 65+ falls each year?
7. Many incidents of falling go unreported by seniors.
A) A physical therapy evaluation
B) Modifications to your home
C) Reduction in medications
D) All of the above
9. Which of the following should you NOT do if you fall?
A) Get right up
B) Take a deep breath
C) Remain on the ground for a few seconds
D) Roll over on your side
10. The fear of falling can affect your quality of life as much as an actual fall.
1. FALSE: You can take steps to mitigate fall risk, but you can’t prevent falls completely.
2. D: 2.8 million seniors are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year (CDC).
3. C: More than half of all falls by elderly adults occur at home (NIH).
4. FALSE: Falls are not an inevitable part of aging (National Institutes of Health).
5. D: All of the above make you more likely to fall.
6. B: About one-third of adults over the age of 65 falls each year (Comfort Keepers).
7. TRUE: While about one-third of older adults fall, less than half of them tell their doctor (CDC).
8. D: All of the above (US News & World Report).
9. A: Getting up too quickly after a fall can make the injury worse (NIH).
10. TRUE: Fear of falling by older adults may cause them to limit their social activities, which can result in physical decline, depression and isolation (National Council on Aging).
How did you do?
1-3 correct: You should brush up a bit on falls and the elderly. A good resource is the National Council on Aging.
4-7 correct: You’ve got the basics. Get a few more facts from the CDC.
7-10 correct: You know your stuff! Good work!
The Courville Communities works to educate residents and help them mitigate fall risk. In addition to in-house events, we have a home-based exercise program designed for strength and balance with fall prevention in mind. Many of our rehabilitation patients are sent home with the information they need to do the program in their own homes.
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