Take a Stand to Prevent Falls
Falling is not a normal part of aging. Take a stand to prevent falls today!
On September 22, 2016, Utah will join the National Council on Aging in celebrating the 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The event seeks to raise awarenes about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
Join us at a community walk to celebrate #FPAD2015
The Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services program will celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day with a community walk from 9:15 a.m. to 12 noon at Liberty Park, Rice Pavillion (600 East 900 South) in Salt Lake City. To download the event flyer, click .
Falls are a threat to your independence.
Nearly one-third of U.S. adults aged 65 and older experience a fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and traumatic brain injuries among Utahns aged 65 and older and 3,200 Utahns aged 65 and older were hospitalized for fall-related injuries in 2013. Falls can pose a major threat to the health and independence of aging adults. But the good news is, most falls can be prevented through evidence-based programs that focus on strength and balance exercises, reviewing medications by a health care provider, and removing potential hazards in the home.
How can I reduce my chance of falling?
Stay independent and active as you age with these six tips from the National Council on Aging:
- Find a good balance and exerise program.
- Talk to your health care provider about your risk of falling.
- Regularly review your medicatoins with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure side effects aren't increasing your risk of falling.
- Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
- Keep your home sae by removing tripping hazards, increasing lighting, making stairs safery, and intsalling grab bars.
- Talk to your family members to enlist their help in taking simple steps to stay safe.
Find a falls prevention class near you!
The "Stepping On" program is available across Utah and has been proven to reduce falls by 31%. The program is taught by certified leaders with guest experts including pharmacists, eye doctors, physical therapists, and safety experts. Participants attend a series of two-hour workshops held once a week for seven weeks. Simple exercises to increase strength and balance are taught and practiced each week. Home hazard assessments are also conducted.
“This was a well-thought out program. I liked how the exercises were emphasized and practiced throughout the class. Bringing in real experts--physical therapist, pharmacist, etc.--was meaningful and useful and absolutely unique to this program.”
Participant in the Stepping On program, Salt Lake City, Utah
To find a Stepping On program near you, please call one of the following agencies:
- Southern Utah area (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington Counties) - Five County Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging
- Northern Utah area (Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties) - Bear River Health Department
- Central Utah area (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Seiver, and Wayne Counties) - Central Utah Public Health Department
- Davis County - Davis County Health Department
- Salt Lake County - Salt Lake County Aging Services or Salt Lake County Health Department
- Summit County - Summit County Health Department
- Tooele County - Tooele County Health Department
- Utah County - Utah County Health Department
- Wasatch County - Wasatch County Health Department