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Older Adults Have the Power to Prevent a Fall
The NH Falls Task Force Celebrates National Falls Prevention Awareness Month by Supporting a Ready, Steady, and Balanced Lifestyle
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Publish Date:
September 30, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) joins The NH Falls Task Force, along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and its Falls Free® Coalition, in celebrating the 9th annual Falls Prevention Month by helping support ready, steady, and balanced lifestyles.

“Older adults want to stay active, independent, and safe in their homes, but many worry about their risk of falling,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. “In fact, one in three Americans over the age of 65 falls every year. In 2015, over 200 older adults died in New Hampshire as a result of fall-related injuries. However, falling is not a normal part of aging. Every older adult has the power to prevent a fall.”

The NH Falls Task Force is sharing information about partner activities that will educate older adults about this year’s theme, Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. Events are listed at www.nhfallstaskforce.org. The theme highlights three goals that all older adults have the power to achieve:

  1. Be ready: Education is the most important step to being ready to prevent a fall. Online and at thousands of community organizations, there are resources to help older adults understand their risk of falling. They also can enroll in evidence-based falls prevention programs to learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to sustain their strength. In NH you can go to www.nhfallstaskforce.org to find maps for Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance locations.
  2. Be steady: Older adults can be steady if they take simple steps to prevent falls. These include talking with a doctor about medications, getting hearing and vision checkups, and assessing living spaces for hazards. NCOA offers an award-winning video that provides 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall.
  3. Be balanced: “Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, preparation, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “Falls Prevention Awareness Month is an opportunity to take a look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and think about how we can make changes that will help our parents, grandparents, aging neighbors, and even ourselves safe from falls.”

For the first time this year, NCOA and its Falls Free® Coalition are encouraging supporters to wear a yellow ribbon to increase awareness of falls prevention. To find information about the NH Falls Task Force go to www.nhfallstaskforce.org.

To find more falls prevention resources, go to www.ncoa.org/FallsPrevention.

Go to Falls Free™ Coalition or Falls Prevention Awareness Month for more information about Falls Prevention Awareness Month. Go to the CDC's Older Adults Falls page to learn more about fall prevention. Learn about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services, Injury Prevention Program. For data on older adult falls, visit the New Hampshire Health WISDOM website.

 
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