The Importance of Fall Prevention

According to the CDC, falls remain the leading cause of injury in older adults – with over 36 million reported falls each year and 1 out of every 5 of those falls leading to serious injury.

The symptoms associated with Lewy body dementia can increase fall risk – such as blood pressure changes, dizziness, vision changes, and general issues with movement.

It is important to speak to medical providers to see what can be done to lower risk – including medication changes, the use of medical devices such as walkers, and other recommendations such as physical or occupational therapies.

Another simple way to lessen risk is to do a quick assessment of one’s home setting to make sure that it is as safe as possible to prevent or reduce falls or injury from falling.

Tips may include removing items from stairs, installing proper lighting, removing throw rugs, and using non-slip surfaces as necessary. The CDC offers a wonderful checklist of basic items that can be helpful called “Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults.”

We have provided the checklist to assist you in being proactive. https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-Brochure-CheckForSafety-508.pdf

Not all falls can be prevented – however, it is important to reduce the risk of falling and injury from falls as much as possible.

Learn more fall prevention tips in the link, https://www.lbda.org/news-you-can-use-fall-prevention-tips