Posted on 01/23/2017

Preventing Falls: I’m Getting Older. Do I Need to Worry About Falling?

Every year, one in four people age 65 and older experiences a fall. Many of those falls lead to serious injury — and most of them happen at home.

AARP Foundation is committed to making sure older adults have access to housing that is affordable, livable and healthy. In this video, created by UnitedHealth Group, learn how simple changes to your home and lifestyle can help you prevent falls and avoid injury no matter where you live.

 

 

 

*Updated 05/04/2017

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22 Responses to “Preventing Falls: I’m Getting Older. Do I Need to Worry About Falling?”

March 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm, charles and carolyn wilson said:

My wife’s and my prescription is to get regular exercise thru our local senior center. A little exercise goes a long way to prevent falls. It helps to take classes like yoga, etc.

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March 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm, Ruth Naylor said:

Water aerobics at our retirement community is great for stretching and exercising –and it’s fun.

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April 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm, cynthia brock said:

to bad this is only for 65 or older. i qulifiy for aarp but not all the perks. i have fallin down the steps in my home at least ten times in the lat 6 months. i am disabled and can not afford to do anything about it. i know one of these falls will possibly going to cause a bad injury or kill me. real scary but what can i do about it.

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May 13, 2017 at 2:19 am, Steve McNeil said:

> You might do what I do when I go hiking. Use walking sticks. You can get them at any sport store. They help me negotiate uneven surfaces like a four-legged animal, meaning they make it easier to keep my balance. You can use them of a flat surface if you are uncomfortable about walking regularly. The more you do it, the faster you can walk with confidence.

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May 13, 2017 at 2:21 am, Stephen McNeil said:

> You might do what I do when I go hiking. Use walking sticks. You can get them at any sport store. They help me negotiate uneven surfaces like a four-legged animal, meaning they make it easier to keep my balance. You can use them of a flat surface if you are uncomfortable about walking regularly. The more you do it, the faster you can walk with confidence.

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May 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm, Donna Cook said:

You badly need to go to the doctor and see if it’s your medication.
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January 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm, Doris morgenstern said:

Can you sit down with your disability? If you can, sit down on the top step and go down the stairs one by one on your rump. You must hang on to the bottom of the rungs connected to the bannister if there are any. Don’t lean forward. Lean back against the step you have just gone down. This works for me.

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January 23, 2018 at 9:15 pm, Joanne Mullen said:

> carry a telephone or cell phone with you when you move about the house.

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May 12, 2017 at 11:29 pm, Erlene Nolley said:

To the person who has fallen down the steps at home – ask for HELP! If you belong to a church, if you have family nearby, if you have a United Way agency contact phone number, if you know or have friends or neighbors who know boy or Girl Scout troops seeking projects to help people in the community or something along these lines, let them know your need. You medical professionals may be able to suggest other potential resources. Please become your own advocate rather than giving up. There are almost always people and groups wanting to help people but they need you to ask for help so they know there is a need.

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May 13, 2017 at 2:22 am, Stephen McNeil said:

You might do what I do when I go hiking. Use walking sticks. You can get them at any sport store. They help me negotiate uneven surfaces like a four-legged animal, meaning they make it easier to keep my balance. You can use them of a flat surface if you are uncomfortable about walking regularly. The more you do it, the faster you can walk with confidence.

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May 13, 2017 at 6:21 pm, Martin Gross said:

I took a tumble after I tripped on the top of a curb. Went down on all fours but was able to catch myself with my arms before hitting my head. It was almost a little comical. I attributed catching myself with the strength in my arms from swimming.

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May 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm, Martin Gross said:

I took a tumble over the top of a curb. Fortunately, I was able to catch myself with my arms before I bumped my fore head. Kind of felt I had enough strength in my arms from swimming.

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May 14, 2017 at 9:22 pm, Mary Anne Sigler said:

In 2005 at age 65 I fell into a basement and broke my neck. Luckily, though it took 8 months to heal, I did not sustain other difficulties. I am now 78 and in the past six months I have fallen at least 8 times. Why I have not broken a bone, suffered a concussion or done more bodily damage is beyond me. I did sign up for physical therapy at our local hospital in December of 2016 and found that I needed to learn to walk all over again. My heart is heavy, however, as I lost a dear friend last week after she fell on the concrete floor of her garage and died the next day from a slow bleed to the brain. She was on blood thinners. It pays to stay engaged and to learn all one can about the possible dangers one faces as he or she ages.

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August 31, 2017 at 7:33 am, http://royalediting.com/how-proofreading-documents-saves-your-grades said:

There is no need to worry about this! Everyone gets older, but not actually many of those falls lead to serious injury. Do not think about that!

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January 21, 2018 at 11:36 pm, Joyce Pappan said:

> I agree. Dad age 90 frequently falls. Most of the time it is just gets bruises and a cut or two. Keep exercising and that helps.

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January 19, 2018 at 7:55 pm, Mrs.A.Morgan said:

It is my opinion that we should not worry about anything, all things are indeed possible, however, God does not want us to worry about them. People who exercise on a regular basis, take their medication as prescribed and get out of the house on a regular basis will not necessarily experience any falls. I know for a fact that we have not, and neither did our parents before they passed. You do not need to experience falling, provided you live a full life and are careful in all of your activities.

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January 20, 2018 at 1:42 pm, Mary Leidner said:

> My husband has Parkinson’s, exercises regularly , also swims with a trainer doing strengthening exercises and still falls approx. 2-3 times daily. If he takes one step to turn around he falls to the floor. We have” safety proofed our home” but he still falls. He can not be left alone . Our exercise consists of those classes which I can find on You tube for people with Parkinsons disease. We can not afford Physical Therapy after the first 6 sessions as the insurance co. require That they be re assesses and if they can not show improvement then They won’t pay for any of the therapy. Parkinson’s is a chronic progressive disease with no cure. The only thing that slows the progression is Exercise. It seems that people who suffer from these progressive chronic diseases aren’t worthy of care afforded to others suffering from a multitude of illnesses. My husbands mind is still alert and he can still read , walk with help, dance a slow waltz with his walker, feed himself with a little assistance etc. He really enjoys the company afforded by our family and friends, esp. his grandchildren and children. We have been married for more than 60 years and continue to age in place. this is possible due to our children and friends who keep in touch and help us when we need them. I thank God each day for our wonderful life together .

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January 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm, Joyce Pappan said:

> I care for my 90 year old dad and 68 year old sister. They are in two different locations. I have to have them on home health care sometimes. I use Kindred Care. It does not charge any more than what Medicare pays. That is a great help as one is very low income. Your doctor should know of a service like this that gives nursing care pt or ot. This keeps them on their feet.

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January 20, 2018 at 1:50 am, Judy said:

I fell two days after Christmas I had taken our dog outside had on boots tripped and fell onto our cement porch. I could not get up my husband came to the door and was surprised to see me on my side he tried to get me up but I couldn’t help lift myself finally I shed him to get me two pillows and I crawled slowly to the front door skinning both knees. I take warfinin daily and am a diabetic taking oral Med’s daily. I called doctor next day got an antibiotic for my knees. My whole body hurts and it’s now three weeks later use a cane for some support and cannot go out because of the snow and ice. Falling scares me. I think I’m being very careful but things happen I will be 80 in a few days

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January 20, 2018 at 9:09 pm, Donna G Aarons said:

tai chi is a wonderful balance, flexibility and strengthening exercise. before i ‘needed’ it, i enjoyed watching elderly chinese neighbors in the park each morning. ages 80+. and it is beautiful, too. there are dvds available if there’s no group nearby.

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January 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm, Donna Aarons said:

tai chi is a wonderful balance, flexibility and strengthening exercise. before i ‘needed’ it, i enjoyed watching elderly chinese neighbors in the park each morning. ages 80+. and it is beautiful, too. there are dvds available if there’s no group nearby.

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January 21, 2018 at 11:37 pm, Joyce Pappan said:

> I agree. Dad age 90 frequently falls. Most of the time it is just gets bruises and a cut or two. Keep exercising and that helps.

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