The first week of fall, September 23-29, 2014 is “Fall Prevention Awareness Week.”

As Senior Transition Specialists, we help you or your older loved one move to a safe place where there is always “Someone there to catch you if you fall”.

On their own though, half of all seniors over age 80 will fall each year. That’s one in three older adults. Quite a startling statistic!

Falls are the most common cause of hospital admissions for trauma, with costs exceeding $27 billion annually.

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults.

These statistics are from the National Council on Aging, and the California Department of Aging 2014.

Falls are Preventable! These are some things you can do to reduce the risk of falling:

  1. Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Find a good balance and exercise program you like and take a friend. When we find you an assisted or independent living community, these types of activities happen on a daily basis.
  2. Talk to your doctor and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. It is very important to share your history of recent falls with your doctor and family. It may be hard to admit, but if you can share this and you can get some therapy and/or assistance, it will help to prevent future falls. If you feel it is time to talk to someone about these issues, call 303 371 4100.
  3. Review your medications with your doctor and/or pharmacist to make sure the side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Make sure you only take your medications as prescribed and that your doctor knows of any and all of your over the counter medications and herbal supplements you are taking. Some do not react well with prescribed medications. All of the senior living communities we help people like you move into, have trained medical staff that make sure you take the right medications at the right time.
  4. Your eyes and ears are so important to keeping you safe on your feet, so get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses. The trained staff at every senior living community we move people in have staff that will keep an eye and an ear on your sight and hearing.
  5. By removing tripping hazards at home, increasing lighting, making stairs safe and installing grab bars in key areas will help keep your home safe. You might not realize it, but adapting your home to your age could actually cost more than moving into a senior living community in the long run.
So as we Fall into Fall 2014, be safe and use the tips above to make sure there are no injuries or worse due to falls in your family.