AARP Foundation Blog
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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13 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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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 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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