Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016
Each year on the first day of fall, national organizations from the Falls Free Coalition and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) join together for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in Mower County. On Thursday, September 22, the YMCA of Austin is asking older adults, caregivers, family members and health care professionals in Mower County to unite to raise awareness to prevent falls among older adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S. is treated in the ER for a fall-related injury every 14 seconds and dies from a fall-related injury every 29 minutes. Additionally, falls put an immense strain on the health care system, with the financial toll expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020. The good news is falls are preventable, and the first step to prevention is understanding risk. With a focus on healthy aging, the Y is committed to helping older adults learn their fall risk and access programs that can help them reduce their risk for falls.
“Older adults are valuable members of our families and communities, and falling and fear of falling may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility, diminished quality of life and actually increases their risk of falling,” said Kristi Stasi, Fitness Director, YMCA of Austin. “Falls take a toll on families as well and as the population ages, it is now more important than ever that we bring awareness to a highly preventable risk.”
As a leading community-based organization dedicated to building a culture of health for all families, the YMCA of Austin encourages older adults to learn their risk for falls by taking a fall risk test. Click the image of the risk test to take yours now.
Once risk is assessed, the YMCA of Austin is helping older adults feel strong, steady and safe by reducing fall risk through programs like Active Older Adults. This program includes group fitness classes each day that focus on lower impact, strength building exercises.
The CDC suggests these basic lifestyle and safety changes to help reduce risk or prevent falls:
– Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength & balance.
– Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.
– Get annual eye check-ups & update your eyeglasses.
– Make your home safer by: Removing clutter & tripping hazards. Putting railings on all stairs & adding grab bars in the bathroom. Installing proper lighting, especially on stairs.
To learn more about fitness at the YMCA of Austin, contact Fitness Director Kristi Stasi at 507-433-1804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.