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Posted on September 20, 2021 at 9:08 am by Lisa Atwood
Join Sept. 20–24, 2021 for Falls Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of Americans aged 65 falls each year. Falls have also resulted in more than 3 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually.
It seems like common sense — everybody falls, no matter what age. However, for many older adults, an unexpected fall can result in a serious and costly injury. The good news is that most falls can be prevented. The National Council on Aging provides a Falls Free CheckUp, which is a digital screener where older adults can answer 12 simple questions to get their falls risk score and steps to reduce their risk.
Fall prevention tips: