Every September on the first day of fall, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) promotes National Falls Prevention Awareness Day; this year, it “falls” on September 22nd. The purpose? To spread awareness about fall prevention. First, a few statistics:
- Falls are the number one cause of injury for people 65 years and older.
- According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head injury.
- The (NCOA) reports that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans.
It is because of these scary statistics that many older adults have a fear of falling and, as a result, will often limit activities or social engagements because of that fear. However, you shouldn’t let this fear should not run your life or keep you from doing things that you would like to do; falls are preventable.