OSDH Celebrates Falls Prevention Awareness Day
For Release: Sept. 14, 2018 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601
One day every year across the country, thousands of educators, caregivers, health and aging professionals, and older adults focus their efforts on one goal: preventing falls. That’s why the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Saturday, Sept. 22.
Nationally, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults 65 years and older. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall in the United States. Every week in Oklahoma, approximately 124 older adults are hospitalized and 10 die from a fall. Acute care hospital charges total more than $250 million a year.
Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent. Most falls happen in predictable, preventable ways. The OSDH offers some of the following tips to help prevent falls:
The Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program has been proven to reduce the risk of falls. In Oklahoma, many individuals have been trained as Tai Chi instructors and teach Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance classes around the state to older adults. This exercise program focuses on improving functional abilities, such as balance and physical function, to reduce fall-related risks and frequency of falls.
To receive more information about classes and how to prevent falls, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit http://falls.health.ok.gov.