Last week, UK HealthCare hosted the Falls Fair, an event that provided educational resources to older members of our community and their caregivers and highlighted the risks and dangers of falling.
We had a great turnout from the community as well as support from local businesses and groups. Organizations like the YMCA of Central Kentucky, Kentucky Arthritis Foundation, Lexington’s chapter of the Taoist Tai Chi Society and more were on hand to share the importance of physical activity to help improve balance and coordination, build strength, and reduce the likelihood and severity of falls.
Other organizations like Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, gave out information about its Skilled Rehabilitation Program, and Safe Kids Fayette County offered tips about how grandparents can keep children safe while in their care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year.
Amanda Rist, RN, BSN, is a registered nurse and is the Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Trauma Program Office here at UK HealthCare. Rist organized the Falls Fair event and said older adults who have fallen or are afraid of falling should speak with their doctor.
“If you have fallen and you have not told anyone, then you need to talk to your doctor,” she said. “There are things we can do to help you gain independence back.”
Here are our five top tips to help prevent falls:
- Know your limitations and risk. Talk to your doctor.
- If you are on multiple medications, make sure to manage them well and talk to your doctor and pharmacist.
- Stay active. Get into an exercise program. Exercise improves strength, balance and coordination.
- Get your eyes checked regularly
- Make sure your house and stairways are clutter-free and well lit.
Next steps: To schedule an appointment with a UK HealthCare doctor, visit our Appointment website.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Falls Fair!