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SeniorSource is a partnership with:
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  • Rose Community Foundation
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments

Fall Prevention

9/30/2014 11:10:27 AM

Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults and often lead to a loss of independence. Many older adults end up going to a short-term care or skilled nursing facility after being discharged from the hospital after a fall. Thankfully, falls can be prevented. There are a number of factors that increase an older adult's chance of falling. Staying on top of these risk factors can help prevent falls for you and your loved ones.

  1. Physical Activity:  Stay physically active to improve balance and coordination. Join a fall prevention program in the community, preferably one that has a proven track record and been researched, evaluated and published in a journal.
  2. Vision:  Get vision checked annually.
  3. Medications:  Review your medications for any that may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  4. Home Safety: Check your home for fall risks, such as throw rugs, and make modifications where needed.
Since many falls happen at home, looking over the home for hazards is a great place to start. A home safety check can help identify fall hazards. For a check list to get you started,

For additional information on fall prevention resources in your community, including information on evidence-based fall prevention programs check out one of the following websites:

Denver metro area Fall Prevention Network: 

The Fall Prevention Network has a website for fall prevention resources and referrals for the Metro Denver area only. Older adults, their families or caregivers can visit this website for information about resources for fall prevention including assistance with locating fall prevention classes.

Outside Denver metro area ADRC:

The Colorado ADRC has a listing of contact information by County. Older adults, their families or caregivers can contact their local ADRC for information about resources for fall prevention including assistance with locating fall prevention classes. 
Falls are preventable. Call before you or a loved one falls.