Senior Falls Prevention

Did you know that falls are the number one cause of trauma cases in our emergency rooms?

Learn how to help prevent seniors falls to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and living independently.

When we fall as children, we are told to “shake it off,” and young bones are much more flexible and forgiving. As we age, falls can have serious consequences. The physical consequences of a fall can be everything from bruising, to a broken hip, or traumatic brain injury. Often falls that result in broken hips or brain injuries can lead to time spent in long term care facilities (nursing homes) and a significant loss of independence, both in losing the ability to take care of yourself or to be able to live independently. The mental consequences can be loss of memory and/or confusion, stress, and an overall decline in well-being and happiness. Financial consequences can include medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and loss of wages. Falls also contribute to rising medical premiums.

Did you know that many falls can be prevented by increasing strength and balance? VibeSolano and our partners are offering three different programs locally:

  • Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance: is an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults and people with movement disorders. It has demonstrated effectiveness in decreasing the number of falls, the risk of falling, fear of falling, and in improving functional balance, muscle strength, flexibility and physical performance using slow and graceful movements.
  • Matter of Balance: is an evidence-based 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

To sign up, please contact the Kroc Center; for a list of upcoming classes visit VibeSolano.com or CAhealthierliving.org.

Did you know that most falls in the home happen in the bathroom?

Safety Tip: Install grab bars in bathrooms by toilets, tubs and showers. Prevention is worth it, is more cost effective than hospital bills.

Did you know that you can trip with everyday items on the floor?

Safety Tip: Make sure that there are no newspapers or magazines on the floor, and throw away carpet runners or mats. These are easily avoidable trip hazards. Make sure there are no plastic grocery bags on floor and clean up spills right away.

To be safe and prepared, make the changes mentioned above and get a Comprehensive Risk Assessment. This sort of assessment helps to uncover any health issues that can influence the ability to move safely and avoid any trips or falls. Some of the things that are looked at during a Comprehensive Risk Assessment are vision, heart issues, strength and mobility assessments, and medication management. By looking at these and other factors, a doctor or pharmacist can help you prevent falls.

Resources and Senior Falls Prevention Classes:

Napa/Solano Area Agency on Aging

NorthBay Health Care Group

Kroc Center

National Council for Aging Care – Falls Fact Sheet

STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries Fall Risk Checklist

Stop Falls Coalition