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Happy First Day of Fall!
The Fall Equinox falls on September 23 and on this day, we observe Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+, so on this day we encourage you to educate yourself and those you love on how to decrease the chances of a fall.
There are many contributing factors that increase the chances of a fall. A few of the culprits are unstable balance and gait, decreased vision and hearing, medications that cause dizziness and drowsiness, unsafe living environments, and chronic conditions that increase the likelihood of depression, inactivity, and pain (ex. diabetes, arthritis and stroke victims).
Please take the time to learn more about how you can reduce the risk of a fall by reviewing the following 6 steps:
Throughout the month of September, state and local organizations are hosting hundreds of community events for seniors. For more information on events and seminars, please visit the National Council on Aging’s website at http://dnr.vnr1.com/2017/09/05/ncoa_fall_prevention-2017/.
Stay safe friends; enjoy the falling leaves, pumpkin pie, and upcoming holidays.