September Is Fall Prevention Month
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among adults age 65 and older. One in three adults age 65 and older falls each year. It is estimated that approximately 17 percent of older North Carolinians have experienced a fall in the past three months, with one-third of those falls resulting in an injury.
The good news is that most falls are preventable. Recommendations for preventing falls among older adults include: exercise regularly, have medications reviewed, get vision checked, and reduce hazards in the home that can lead to falls.
For a home safety checklist contact the Extension Center or