From the American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division
September 23, 2022
The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) is celebrating Fall Prevention Awareness Week September 18-24, 2022 by sharing fall prevention tips for older Pennsylvanians. The 2022 theme, “Strengthening Community Connections in Falls Prevention,” demonstrates that prevention is a team effort.
“Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of falls,” said Krista Brands, CEO of ATSPA. “Look beyond your immediate friends and family to avoid injury.”
From medication and low vision to poor lighting and chronic medical conditions, there are many factors to keep in mind. For this reason, it helps to have a team that helps identify and address fall risks. Every sector of the community has a role to play in preventing injury.
- family and friends – Family and friends provide extra hands/eyes to check your home and free it from fall hazards. They may also accompany you to doctor visits to ask questions and gather information about injury prevention
- doctors – Your family doctor knows your medical history and treats chronic (ongoing) diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. Tell your doctor if you have recently fallen, feel unsteady on your feet, or are afraid of falling
- pharmacist – When picking up your medication, take the opportunity to get advice on any side effects and changes in the medication you are taking. Some medicines have bad interactions, your pharmacist can tell you about them.
- Occupational/Physiotherapists (OT/PT) – OT can ensure your assistive devices meet your needs and assess your home to identify hazards to eliminate and modifications that can prevent falls. PT can work with you to improve balance, strength and mobility to prevent falls and can help you address the reasons you are feeling unsafe
- On-site senior center – Senior Centers are a trusted community hub for health and fitness programs that encourage physical activity.
- Local hardware store – You have supplies and materials you need to make your home safe and comfortable, such as: B. Grab bars, a hand shower, night lights and bulbs for brighter light and non-slip pads for your carpets.
- Faith-Based/Community Organization(s) – Faith and community leaders are trusted sources of important information and can connect you to resources to meet your needs, especially when it comes to your health.
The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to trauma prevention and reduction through education and advocacy. Our work includes providing presentations and training materials on many trauma prevention topics including concussion, water safety, senior citizen falls, bicycle safety, road safety and more.
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