It is Top 5 Friday! Every month, we share the top 5 online resources you need to know about when tackling a particular topic in elder care. As part of Sound Option’s September topic of the month, we are sharing 5 online resources to help seniors reduce the risk of a fall and increase quality of life.
Falls are not a normal part of aging; however, they seem to be a ubiquitous concern for aging adults because of how common falls and fall related injuries have become. 1 in 3 adults age 65+ falls each year. Whether you are looking to reduce your own risks or are helping a loved one age in place safety there are great resources online to help you understand what contributes to fall risks and what you can be doing to prevent them.
Online Resources you need to know about to help prevent falls
Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. It is designed to help baby boomers and aging adults fit exercise into daily life and make an impact in managing chronic diseases, reducing fall risks, and generally promoting a quality of life and longevity that you want to live for! Find tips for exercise, safety, and motivation on their website. http://go4life.nia.nih.gov/
The Center for Disease Control offers various materials and resources for all audiences about older adult falls and what can be done to prevent them. These resources are helpful whether you are a family caregiver looking to prevent a fall for an aging loved one or are a health care professional actively helping seniors age in place safely. Information online at http://www.cdc.gov/features/olderamericans/
NCOA National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging has information on the latest in fall prevention and several resources to promote falls prevention awareness day. Find personal stories and tips for preventing a fall at http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/falls-prevention/
Physical Therapists see rehabilitation patients all the time who have fallen. Some of the same tips and techniques used for healing are also useful in preventing a fall in the first place. Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. Make sure you know your risks for a fall and learn tips from the experts on how to take care of the body to prevent falls. Find information and a directory of physical therapists in your area on their website at: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=85726fb6-14c4-4c16-9a4c-3736dceac9f0#.VBtqKPldV8E
One of the best ways to help aging loved ones reduce the risk of a fall at home is through in-home care services. As certified nursing assistants, caregivers are trained to maintain independence and safety within the home and are able to assist with tasks of daily living such as bathing, dressing, meal prep, outings and errands that can often trigger a fall. Through their companionship and activities, they are also able to help seniors stay active. For those individuals with dementia, memory care in the home provided by caregivers trained in the disease can greatly reduce the risk of a fall for them as well. Find information about Geriatric Care Management and In-Home Care in the Puget Sound region here on our website.
Home Care Association of America
For those outside of the beautiful Puget Sound region, you can find a qualified home care provider near you through the Home Care Association of America’s directory at http://www.hcaoa.org/
Published on January 22, 2016.