Chronic Disease & Injury
Falls & Physical Injuries
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.
- AZ Stop Falls – Think Tall, Prevent a Fall
- Watch the video: National Falls Prevention Awareness - Katherine Brewer
- Falls Among Older Arizona Residents are at higher levels than the rest of the country
- Maricopa County has rates higher than the rest of Arizona
Why are We Falling?
As an adult reaches an older age, their reflexes and physical responses start to slow. This results in lower balance and a decreased ability to prevent one’s self from tripping over obstacles or slipping on smooth surfaces. Furthermore, as lifestyles become less active, there is a decrease in leg strength necessary to support your body as you move.
Prevention of Falls
Many falls are predictable and preventable. It is possible to assess someone's risk for falls through established risk factors and physiological assessment. Targeting and modifying risk factors in those at high risk for falls has been shown to reduce their risk, injuries and number of subsequent falls. Comprehensive, multifactorial falls prevention has promise of reducing healthcare costs, maintaining independence and avoiding disability.
Activity is an essential component of comprehensive, multifactorial falls prevention as it builds balance, strength, stamina and coordination. The Arizona Department of Health Services Injury Prevention has recently published the Injury Surveillance and Prevention Plan for the State of Arizona (2006-2010) providing data describing the State's burden for falls.
- Making your bathroom safe
- Ways to stay on your feet
- Supplemental Oxygen Safety
- Helpful guides and checklist to keep you safe
Healthy Aging Communication Network (HACN) Information
Currently, the Healthy Aging Communication Network (HACN) supports meetings of the Governors Council on Aging's (GACA), Social, Health, and Alzheimer's Committee's (SHAC), Falls Prevention Subcommittee (FPSC), who is working towards falls prevention and meets the first Thursday of the month in person and via web meetings in the interim.
If you would like to join the HACN complete the HACN Registry Application.