Posted September 23, 2011
September 23 marks a new day of awareness in the state of Illinois. Governor Quinn declared this day as “Older Adult Falls Prevention Day.” Aside from coinciding with the first day of Fall, Older Adult Falls Prevention Day (OAFPD) brings to light a topic that, inevitably, will be relevant to everyone. Whether you’re in the rehabilitation field, or simply caring for a parent, grandparent, or guardian, learning how to prevent a fall could be essential to staying healthy and functional. The Comprehensive Group celebrates OAFPD not just with “Stop Falls” signage and flashing buttons, but it takes a moment to remind its employees to spread the word of how to keep our older adult population safe by using fall prevention strategies.
In addition to company-wide initiatives to raise awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posts some great safety tips online ranging from home care to staying active. Making sure medication is updated, installing grab bars, making everyday items easily accessible are all on the list as well as implementing coordination and balance exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga.
For other ideas on falls prevention and awareness activities, visit The Center for Healthy Aging.