This section provides information for older adults and families to help promote independence and fall prevention.
The following brochures and videos provide information and tools to decrease your risk of falling:
NCOA Fall Prevention Video Click Here
Staying Independent (CDC Publication) English Spanish
Information from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extensive Service “Stand Up to Falling” Program by Dr. Amy Hosier. Select topic of interest from list below:
Being active gives you the energy you need to enjoy your day and remain safe. Being active is also important because it improves your Strength, Balance, and Endurance.
Having good strength is beneficial in reducing the signs and symptoms associated with several diseases including: diabetes, arthritis, back pain, depression, osteoporosis among many more.
These simple strengthening activities can reduce your risk of falls and improve bone health.
Good balance can prepare your body for the unexpected and keep you active and independent. Performing balance activities such as yoga and Tai Chi can improve your balance.
Endurance is important for the health of your heart and lungs.
Consider incorporating these activities into your daily routine so you can improve your strength, balance, and endurance and stay independent!
Join a local gym. (Ask for assistance if you have questions about gym equipment.)
Take a swim, try water aerobics, or even walk in a pool.
The CDC recommends physical activity for women and men of all ages. However, it's difficult to be active if you're in pain, are weak, have difficulty moving, or are worried about your health.
Physical therapists are health care professionals that specialize in helping people live with as much function as possible. Physical therapists can help you be active and live a healthy, fall-free life! Talk with your doctor about physical therapy to see if it is an option for you.
The fear of falling can prevent someone from being more active. Luckily, a communication device can be carried at all times in case a fall happens. Having a device can give peace of mind as well as help at the touch of a button. Many adults carry their cell phone or use
medical alert device.
Home is a place of refuge and comfort. However, a majority of falls occur within the home.
You can do something now:
Certain medications or combinations of medications (prescription AND over-the-counter medications) can increase the risk of falling.
Being informed about the medications and the amount of medications you or your loved one take can ensure an independent, active lifestyle!
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and more likely to break. Luckily you can keep your bones strong by:
Sensation is the ability to feel things. You can prevent sensation loss by:
Listen to your pain and make things easier on your body by doing these things when you experience pain:
However, don't let minor pain be an excuse to not be active. See your doctor and work together to get rid of the pain.