The first day of autumn is national Falls Prevention Awareness Day, founded by the National Council on Aging in 2008.
Falls are a common and often devastating problem among older people, causing injuries that are sometimes life-threatening.   Falls can also lead to a loss of independence or premature admittance to a nursing home.  Most falls are associated with one or more identifiable risk factors (e.g. weakness, unsteady gait, confusion and certain medications) but research has shown that intervention can significantly reduce these risk factors when done properly.  That's where programs like "Stepping On" can help by providing tips for people on how to prevent falls.   "Stepping On" is a seven-week workshop with classes that include:
Did you know that for older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury and hospital admissions for trauma and death?  This isn't meant to scare anyone--just to let you know about a great resource for fall prevention brought to you by the Salt lake County Health Department's Injury Prevention Program.
One thing I’ve learned about caring for my mom is how much you change as a caregiver. I am not the same person who started taking care of her in a more intentional, specific way, almost two years ago. My perspective of aging and my view of my own mother have changed - and my perspective of myself has changed as well.
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