September is Fall Prevention Month—a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preventing falls among older adults. Lifeline RI, at Jewish Collaborative Services, stands at the forefront of its mission to help individuals maintain independence. Throughout this month, Lifeline RI is committed to sharing valuable insights, resources, and educational opportunities that empower older adults and their families to make informed choices about fall prevention. By embracing safety measures and taking proactive steps, we can contribute to a new season of thriving health and well-being for all.
Falls can be a significant concern for individuals as they age, affecting physical health and overall well-being. Falls do happen, but in most cases, they can often be prevented with the right strategies and support in place, allowing individuals to enjoy greater independence, peace of mind, and dignity. Here are some key strategies to incorporate in your prevention efforts:
- Home Safety Assessment: Many falls occur within the home due to hazards such as loose rugs, poor lighting, and cluttered walkways. A home safety assessment can help identify areas of improvement, such as installing grab bars in the shower and bathroom, using a non-slip mat in the shower, removing throw rugs, installing adequate lighting, and removing clutter in walkways. Click here to learn more about staying safe in the home and conducting your own home safety assessment.
- Exercise and Physical Activity: Engaging in light physical activities can play a crucial role in preventing falls among older adults. Regular movement helps improve balance, flexibility, and strength, reducing the risk of accidents. Activities like walking, tai chi, and gentle stretching can be highly effective. JCS’ Kosher Nutrition program offers chair yoga classes on Zoom and at the Dwares JCC (learn more here), and local senior centers throughout the state offer various exercise classes and programs
- Healthcare Providers: Attending routine medical appointments and keeping up with specialists is an important part of fall prevention. Providers can conduct fall risk evaluations, considering individual health conditions, medical history, and concerns. It’s good practice to see the eye doctor (optometrist) and foot doctor (podiatrist) annually.
- Medication Review: Certain medications can increase the risk of falls due to side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. Ask a doctor or pharmacist for a medication review, including prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Evaluating a medication regimen can help identify potential side effects that may increase fall risks and can be adjusted as needed.
Furthermore, alongside these preventive measures, Lifeline RI’s emergency response equipment incorporates advanced technology to offer immediate assistance should a fall happen. Automatic fall detection technology can detect falls even if the individual is unable to press the emergency button. GPS-enabled services ensure that help can be quickly dispatched to the exact location, even if the individual is away from their home.
Lifeline RI supports the independence of older adults in Rhode Island, and this commitment is reflected in our local presence and devoted team. The Lifeline RI office in Providence, RI, stands ready to provide participants with swift and efficient assistance whenever needed. This local connection fosters a sense of community and support that goes beyond providing emergency response equipment.
As we age, we must embrace solutions that prioritize safety while preserving our independence. With Lifeline RI, Rhode Islanders can navigate their golden years with confidence, knowing that they’re actively taking steps toward a safer and more independent future.
Fall Prevention Resources: