Fall Prevention Program at Gloria Dei

Fall Prevention Program at Gloria Dei

Your Risk of Falling

Falling is a real but preventable problem for older Americans.  Did you know that 1 in 4 older Americans have fallen in the past year?   Most people who fall do not tell their doctor that they have fallen.  In 2014, falls were the #1 cause of injury and death from injury in older Americans.  About 74 older adults fall every day.  Some of our members at Gloria Dei have had serious complications from a fall.

Some things that a doctor or nurse might ask to assess your fall risk:

  • Have you fallen in the past year?
  • Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
  • Do you worry about falling?

You may have an increased risk of falling if you have:

  • Poor balance
  • Vision or foot problems
  • Medications that are linked to falls
  • Postural hypotension—your blood pressure decreases when you stand up, making you dizzy
  • Home hazards such as clutter, rugs that may slip, no grab bars near the toilet or bath tub, low lighting

The good news is that even if you are at a risk of falling, there are things we can do to minimize your risk.

 

God bless you,

Heather

Introduction to the Fall Prevention Program at Gloria Dei

Here are some articles about reducing fall risk:

Medications and Your Fall Risk

Your Home Environment and Your Risk of Falling

Reducing Your Risk of Falling Through Exercise