Traumatic Brain Injury Among Older Adults

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

Road Respect -Rules to Live By

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:

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.