Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ fall 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.
Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among older adults can be reduced substantially.
The 11th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 22, 2018 – the first day of fall.
The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs.
Programs such as A Matter of Balance, Tai Ji Quan – Moving for Better Balance, Stepping On and Stay Active and Independent for Life are available throughout Minnesota.
To learn more about evidence-based falls prevention programs in your area, visit yourjuniper.org/Programs.