Depending on who's talking, today is the first day of fall or tomorrow is the first day of fall. The day has to do with the tilt of the earth, northern and southern hemispheres, daylight savings time and
Oh, never mind. Here in the United States, all of September is designated National Falls Prevention Month By The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and tomorrow, Tuesday, is Falls Prevention Awareness Day in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
I like that someone, a few years ago, connected falls and Fall making it a handy reminder for an annual prevention checkup.
Now don't go yawning. I write this post every year because unlike many old age afflictions, falls are something over which we have a lot of personal control. All we need is some vigilance.
Falling is serious business for old people:
FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF INJURY-RELATED DEATHS, EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS FOR PEOPLE 65 AND OLDER.
Did you see those words “leading cause”? That means, the NCOA tells us, someone in our age group dies from a fall every 29 minutes.
Every year, one-third of Americans 65 and older – 12 million of us – fall. Even if someone doesn't die from it, a broken bone can severely restrict the rest of an old person's life.
The good news is that falls are highly preventable. In past years, I have given you a long list of causes and remedies – the 2013 edition is here.
This year, I discovered an excellent, easy-to-read falls and fractures section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website that lists the variety of causes with links to the best information for prevention.This NCOA page clears up some myths about falls.
And remember, too, what your mother repeatedly warned you: “Watch where you're going.”
Here's a little video clip I used on last year's falls prevention post. I still like it – from the old TV show, Hill Street Blues.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Marc Leavitt: E Pluribus Unum