Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

September 5, 2017

 

Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls (Content from NCOA)

 

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk. Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall. Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls:

 

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.

 

Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that 1 in 3 older adults—about 12 million—fall every year in the U.S.

 

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older