Falls among older adults are a significant concern and are the most frequent incident we respond to. It's essential to separate fact from fiction when it comes to fall prevention. These myths, provided by the National Council on Aging, help shed light on risks and how to prevent them.
Understanding the facts can help us take proactive steps to create safer environments, maintain independence, and enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle. Let's explore the real facts behind the most prevalent fall prevention myths! Don't forget to sign up for our free fall prevention app, Nymbl.
Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.
Reality: Many people think, "It won't happen to me." But the truth is that 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the U.S.
Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.
Reality: Although they do happen, falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.
Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won't fall.
Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity. Not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.
Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.
Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs, and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.