Hooely dooley. The (United States) Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on 22 September 2018, came and went without me noticing. And I should have.

Even though I consider myself “young”, I have recently had a few unsteady moments on my feet. Prevention may be the key to us young-old people, not falling, so I am embracing Falls Prevention Awareness Day albeit a tad, late.

In Falls Prevention the (United States) National Council on Aging ask:

“Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging”.

In Older Adult Falls: Falls Are Preventable the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

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“Because more than 90 percent of older adults see a doctor at least once a year, a regular office visit is a good opportunity to ask about their risk of falling. So, ask your doctor, or loved one’s doctor, to complete a falls risk assessment at an upcoming appointment”.

In Older Adult Falls: Why Are Medications A Problem? the CDC also explain:

“Many older Americans take medications for sleep disorders, anxiety, high blood pressure, or chronic pain. Side effects from these drugs can change the way a person feels or thinks and can cause drowsiness, loss of balance, changes in vision, slower reaction time, and other effects that increase the risk of falling. These side effects can increase or even start for the first time, as we get older. Every year, and every time a new medication is added, check with a doctor, pharmacist, or other medical provider to see if medications can be reduced, switched, or even stopped to reduce fall risk”.

And and and… get checked for osteoporosis. In Are You At Risk? the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation note:

Meno Martha and Falls Prevention AwarenessMeno Martha and Falls Prevention Awareness“A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. And a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer”.

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