The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is honoring more than a dozen women, men, and organizations around the country who are working toward a just and caring society that allows all of us to age with dignity, purpose, and security. Among the honorees is the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a partner and Executive Committee member of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading
CDC released two new complimentary clinical tools to help healthcare providers reduce older adult falls. Continue reading
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a new “Stand STEADI” video series highlighting healthcare teams and programs that are successfully implementing fall prevention.
One of those successful programs is a great example for communities looking to become Age-Friendly.
In preparation for Falls Prevention Awareness Day in September the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is sponsoring a “photo and story” contest to illustrate and convey the great work being done nationwide to prevent falls.
Winners will receive prizes issued to the individual/organization submitting the entry and will be featured in NCOA materials, including information provided to the media and on the organizations website. Prizes are: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $250; 3rd prize: $200. Photo entries must be submitted by August 25 at 11:59pm ET.
Details are available in NCOA’s Photo Contest Flyer.
By John L. Brusch M.D., Associate Chief of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance
Falls are common among adults older than 65. An estimated 14% of older adults in Massachusetts reported falling in the past three months. In about a third of these cases, they suffered an injury that needed medical care or restricted their usual activities for at least a day. Injuries from falling can include bruising, hip fractures, head trauma, or major lacerations. Sometimes complications from falls can be fatal— they are the fifth leading cause of death in older adults. Even the mere fear of falling can adversely affect elders, who may restrict their activities to avoid possible injury. Such social isolation can lead to significant physical and emotional consequences. Continue reading
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, but there are many ways that older adults can prevent falls, including:
- Exercise to improve strength and balance,
- Good nutrition that includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D,
- Reviewing medications to avoid drowsiness and dizziness,
- Ensuring good vision through regular check-ups and wearing appropriate glasses or contact lenses,
- Removing potential hazards at home like clutter, slippery surfaces, and poor lighting, and
- Participating in falls prevention programs like A Matter of Balance. Continue reading