Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 22, 2017 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Did you know that 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year? Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries.

More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, stroke or arthritis which can increase the risk of falling because they result in lost function, inactivity, depression, pain, or multiple medications. In addition, some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration, or interactions with each other that can lead to a fall.

What can you do?

  • Discuss with your patients, family and friends their current health conditions. Find out if your older loved one is experiencing any problems with managing their own health. 
  • Talk about their medications. Are they having trouble remembering to take them or are they experiencing side effects? Encourage them to discuss their concerns with their doctor and pharmacist. Suggest that they have their medications reviewed each time they get a new prescription.
  • Also make sure they’re taking advantage of all the preventive benefits now offered under Medicare, such as the Annual Wellness visit. 

To learn more about falls prevention, please visit www.ncoa.org/FallsPrevention

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