Are falls are problem for older adults? A resounding yes!
One out of three older adults 65 or older falls each year. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.*
Some time ago, as a library volunteer, I delivered books to Evelyn, a lively lady in her eighties. Evelyn became a friend, with whom I played Scrabble and discussed good reads. She introduced me to “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier. However, while getting up one night, she fell, breaking her arm. She was hospitalized. Eventually, I said goodbye to a friend.
However, falls are preventable. Tina Maria Scott from Alameda County’s Public Health Department will discuss “Falls Prevention” at the Fremont Main Library, Wednesday, February 26 at 1:30 PM. She will present information about changing behaviors, nutrition and medication management, fitness, and home safety. There will be opportunities to ask questions.
*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/adultfalls.html (Page last updated 2013.)