Falls Prevention Awareness Day, September 22nd

You have the Power to Prevent a Fall

September 22nd, the first day of fall, marks the 10th anniversary of national Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This notable milestone date, was recently proclaimed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, as “Fall Prevention Awareness Day”.

Nebraska is proud to support fall prevention efforts as part of our year-round commitment to the health and livelihood of older Nebraskans. A balance of education, intervention and community support is key to older Nebraskans staying active, independent and safe in their homes and communities.

Across Nebraska, fall prevention partners host classes, offer presentations, perform falls risk screenings, and educate older adults about evidence-based falls programs. These falls prevention programs help older adults learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to improve or sustain their strength and balance. 

Falling is not a normal part of aging. Education is the most important step to being ready to prevent a fall. Evidence-based falls prevention programs will help older adults learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to improve or sustain their strength. This video highlights four of these classes: Tai Chi, Stepping On, A Matter of Balance, and the Otago Exercise Program. Blue Rivers AAA currently offers two of these programs, Steeping On and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.

You might think you’re never going to fall, but the truth is 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the U.S. The good news is that most falls are preventable. Start by learning 6 easy steps. 

If you take care of your overall health, you may be able to lower your chances of falling. Most of the time falls and accidents don’t “just happen.” About half of all falls occur at home. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. Surveying the home for hazards is very important. Certain medications vision and hearing issues can also increase the risk for falling.

To find out more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day and the national Falls Free® Initiative, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-initiative/