Preventing TBIs among Older Adults
Because the vast majority of TBIs among older adults are due to a fall, it is important for older adults and their families or caregivers to reduce fall hazards in the home and to improve strength and balance with exercise
Steps to Reduce Falls
Do these four basic things to reduce your risk of falling:
- Begin a regular exercise program. Exercise improves strength and balance, as well as coordination.
- Have your health care provider review your medicines. Some medicines or combinations of medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall.
- Have your vision checked. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
- Make your home safer. Remove tripping hazards like throw rugs and clutter in walkways as well as books and papers from stairs. Install grab bars next to your toilet and shower.
Stepping On program
Stepping On is a 7-week program that teaches older adults to reduce their risk of falling and doing simple exercises to increase their strength and balance. National research shows the program works: falls among the participants were reduced by 31%.
To find a Stepping On program near you, please call one of the following agencies:
- Box Elder, Cache, and Rick County residents - Bear River Health Department (contact Emily Jewkes)
- Davis County residents - Davis County Health Department (contact Jessica Hardcastle)
- Salt Lake County residents - Salt Lake County Aging Services (contact Nichole Shepard or Erika Thompson) or Salt Lake County Health Department (contact Carol Avery)
- Tooele County residents - Tooele County Health Department (contact Amy Bate)
- Utah County residents - Utah County Health Department (contact Carrie Bennett or Mary Ruth Forsey.)
- Wasatch County residents - Wasatch County Health Department (contact Trudy Brereton)
Need help for yourself or a loved one?
An ombudsman is an official who is designated to assist you to overcome the delay, injustice, or impersonal delivery of services. The TBI Ombudsman can help you with concerns or complaints about services, questions about your legal rights, help access appropriate sercices, and answer general questiosn about TBIs.
If you have a TBI and need help or if you have a family member with a TBI, please contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah at 800-281-8442. You may also visit our TBI Ombudsman website at http://biau.org/ombudsman.
You may also qualify to receive services from the Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Fund, including neuropsychological testing or resource facilitation services.