Today marks the 12th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFAD) sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
Did you know that falls remain the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for Americans 65 and older? According to the CDC, over 300,000 seniors are hospitalized for hip fractures every year and of those injuries, 95% are caused by falls.
In addition to hip fractures and head injuries, seniors who have fallen in the past may become anxious of falling again and as a result they become less active. However, when a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chance of falling.
The good news is that most falls can be prevented! Here are 6 safety tips provided by the NCOA.
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