Fall Prevention Awareness Day: Three Things You Can do to Prevent Falls
For Release: September 20, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. Falls are not a normal part of aging, but they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older Americans. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), is celebrating the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, 2017. The OSDH highlights three goals that all older adults have the power to achieve:
Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in the United States. Every year in Oklahoma, approximately 7,000 older adults are hospitalized and more than 450 die from a fall. Hospital charges alone total more than $250 million a year related to 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. Oklahoma seniors are invited to join a local Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance class.