September 22, 2023

DHS takes the fear out of falling this Falls Prevention Week

Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of Americans fall each year. There are proven ways to prevent falls and protect your loved ones.

DHS, Area Agencies on Aging, and partners throughout Georgia have embraced innovative programs to help older adults stay active and make their homes safer. See below easy ways to boost your balance and help prevent falls.

1. Do exercises, like Tai Chi, A Matter of Balance, and Bingocize, that make your legs stronger and improve your balance.

2. Get rid of trip hazards and keep your floors clutter free.  

3. Add grab bars in your bathroom.  

4. Have handrails and lights installed on all of your staircases.  

5. Talk to your doctor about drug interactions.  

Visit Georgia Health Matters to find out about options available in local communities and to learn more about Georgia’s falls prevention initiatives. Explore additional ways to assess your or a loved one’s risk and prevent falls by visiting the National Council on Aging. For advice on how to talk to your loved one’s doctor and for tips to fall-proof your home, review the Preventing Falls at Home: Room by Room guide. If you’re concerned about falling, reach out to your local Area Agency on Aging to see if there is a home modification program near you.  

Together, we can reduce falls and increase safety for all Georgians.