June is National Safety Month, a time to reflect on your safety and the safety of others at home and in the workplace. Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
During National Safety Month, I am working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, I encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, distracted driving, and slips, trips, and falls.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems. According to Healthfinder.gov, there are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of falling.
Small changes can be made to help prevent falls. One in 3 older adults will fall each year. Falling can lead to broken bones, trouble getting around, and other health problems – especially if you are age 65 or older.
Pain and disability are a result of fractures (broken bones), making it difficult to do everyday activities, like cooking, without assistance. Hip fractures are a major cause of health problems and death among older adults.
Tips to Avoid Falling
If you are an older adult, or you know an older adult that could benefit from the following tips, please take note and share them with others. These steps can help to prevent falls:
- Exercising to improve balance and strength
- Reviewing your medications with your doctor to find out which ones make you dizzy or sleepy.
- Getting your vision checked by an eye doctor at least every 1 to 2 years. Updating your glasses or contact lenses when your vision changes.
- Making your home safer. For example, adding grab bars inside and outside your bathtub or shower.
For even more helpful tips, please visit healthfinder.gov’s page on Lowering Your Risk of Falling. I urge you to make the changes necessary in your home and at your place of employment to make the environment as safe as possible.