Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and ED visits among adults 65 and older. Falls can result in lasting consequences, affecting mobility, independence and mental health. Unfortunately, the rate of fall injuries are rising.
Many falls can be prevented. By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.
Saratoga County Public Health Services provides Fall Prevention outreach events for community groups (Senior Centers, Community Centers, etc). If your organization would like to schedule this outreach, contact the Coordinator listed on our Main Page.
Make Your Home Safer
About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
- Remove items you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping
- Keep items you use often in cabinets where you can reach easily without using a step stool
- Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
- Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare
- Have handrails and lights put in all staircases
- Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers
Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you. The more active you are, the lower your chances are of falling.
Review Your Medications with your Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Have your PCP or pharmacist review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.
Have Your Vision Checked
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that may limit your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
Injuries are the leading cause of death for children in New York State. In addition, injuries result in an average of over 18,000 hospitalizations among New York’s children, 19 and younger. Through various avenues such as the “Injury-Free Kids!” Campaign, traumatic brain injury prevention, shaken baby syndrome prevention, choking prevention, poison prevention, child passenger safety, teen driving, and pedestrian safety programs, the department is helping parents and caregivers make children’s lives safer.
Car Safety for Your Child
Many parents and caregivers assume they know how to choose and use the correct child restraints for their children, but these restraints are frequently used incorrectly. In fact, three out of every four children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their car seats are not being used correctly.
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Child Safety Website Resources
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