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Archbold Recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Week

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Archbold Recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Week

Did you know that falling is not a normal part of aging?

Archbold is committed to empowering all older adults in our communities to reduce their risk of falls, one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and death among people over 65.

“Most falls can be prevented,” said Kelli Vaughn, Trauma Coordinator at Archbold Memorial. “Through simple steps, people have the power to reduce their fall risk.”

Exercising, managing medications, having your vision checked regularly and making your living space safer are all steps that can be taken to prevent falls.

To promote greater awareness and understanding, here are some common myths- and the reality- about older adult falls.

Myth: Falling happens to other people, not to me.

Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that one in four older adults fall every year in the United States.

Myth: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.

Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are steps to prevent a fall.

Myth: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.

Reality: Some people believe the best way to prevent falls is to stay home and limit activity. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.

Myth: As long as I stay home, I can avoid falling.

Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.

Myth: Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained.

Reality: While we lose muscle as we age, exercise can partially restore strength and flexibility. It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Even if you’ve been a “couch potato” your whole life, becoming active now will benefit you in many ways – including protection from falls.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Week from September 18-22. To assess your fall risk, please take the NCOA’s Falls Free Check-Up assessment at