Fall Prevention Week – Sept. 18 – 22, 2023
Fall-related injuries make up the majority of cases at the Stormont Vail Health Trauma Center. During Fall Prevention Week, the Trauma team reminds everyone about the importance of fall education. We collaborate with many organizations to support education about falling – including these workshops and resources for every age:
Matter of Balance
Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma and trauma-related death among older adults. If you are 65 or older, have had a fall in the past year, or live alone, this workshop provides information on keeping balance, the causes of falls, and the dangers to look out for.
The fear of falling is a significant contributor to falls. With regular practice, Tai Chi improves muscle strength and coordination and develops calmness and confidence in the mind. Practicing Tai Chi routinely is a cost-efficient and effective method to prevent falls and reduce the burden of other chronic diseases through movement control, an intentional focus on weight transference, and integration of body and mind.
6 Steps to Prevent a Fall
The National Council on Aging offers many excellent free resources to help prevent falls, like this helpful video: