Did you know that many falls are preventable? If you’re caring for a senior, here are four tips for talking with them about the National Council on Aging’s downfalls. Having the conversation today can help your loved one reduce their risk of falling.
• Be open and friendly: ask questions, share a fact (see: https://www.ncoa.org/article/get-the-facts-on-falls-prevention) or share your own experience.
• Avoid blame: no one is responsible for a fall. Provide solutions that don’t make the person feel judged.
• Be assertive: Show that you care about how you deliver your message. Use “I” statements to let others know how you think and feel.
• Listen: Sometimes no solution will make an older person feel better after a fall. Be there, listen to their concerns, and provide support when they’re ready for the next step in falls reduction.
Falls are not part of normal aging and most falls can be prevented. By knowing and managing your risk factors, you can live a full and active life without fear of falling.
Did you know that the District 7 Regional Agency on Aging offers a falls management course called “Matter of Balance?” The program is designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels in older adults.
Course participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, modify their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Taking classes can help improve quality of life and independence, and there is no cost to attend.
This month, you can also join the Ohio Department of Aging in raising awareness about falls in older adults through its “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” campaign. For more information, log on to https://www.aging.ohio.gov.
For more information on fall prevention resources in your area, or to inquire about an upcoming Balance Matters class in your area, call our Wellness Department at 1-800-582-7277 or email at [email protected]