In recognition of Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging older adults to take a moment to complete a room-by-room checklist to identify and repair possible fall hazards in their homes.
"Hazards in the home are one of the leading causes of falls in older adults," says APTA spokesperson Patrice Winter, PT, DPT. "Removing throw rugs, rerouting electrical cords, and installing handrails are simple ways in which one can make a home safer."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year in the United States. Falls are the leading cause of deaths due to injuries and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma for the aging population.
APTA is a member of The Falls Free™ Coalition of the National Council on Aging's (NCOA's) Center for Healthy Aging, and it supports the goals of that coalition, including Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Resources for clinicians and the public are available on APTA's Balance and Falls webpage, including a video on home hazards. Additional resources are available on the NCOA Falls Free Coalition website. APTA members are encouraged to share and send their Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities and suggestions for additional APTA resources to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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