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FALLS AREN’T FUNNY! ...Caring for Older Adults

Preventing Falls Elders

Do you remember watching those old Laurel and Hardy movies where one or the other would fall down a flight of stairs or inadvertently slip on a rug and end up flat on their back?  It seemed funny at the time especially since after each fall, they were able to recover quickly and move on to the next spill.  Falls are certainly not funny when it comes to elders; in fact according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Each year, an estimated one third of older adults fall, and the likelihood of falling increases substantially with advancing age. In 2005, a total of 15,802 persons aged >65 years died as a result of injuries from falls…”

There are many ways to help seniors prevent falls through education, exercise and even home assessments and modifications.  September is Fall Prevention Month; take the time to learn more about these simple steps to help older adults live longer and better lives by going to and watching one of our many informative videos on our iCare series “Falls – A New Look at a Difficult Problem”presented by Maria L. Wellisch, RN, LNFA.  This program is available for family caregivers caring for older adults as well as healthcare professionals who care for the elderly. The program addresses the prevention of falls, what to do when a fall occurs and how to create a safer environment for the elderly in their homes or in a skilled care setting.

The mission of is to provide caregivers with online training and education that improve the quality of care received by older adults.


I remember when I was much younger and my mom fell down. At the time I thought it was hilarious and laughed so hard, I nearly fell. As I grow in both age and wisdom, I realize how very dangerous falls can be - especially when my knees seem to give out more easily.
Posted @ Friday, September 23, 2011 5:14 PM by B.Runnels
I will forward this on to a friend of mine who's mother fell and broke her hip last month. Thank you so much. This will really help since she is not a medical person.
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 8:43 PM by Sandy
Falls are not funny. I know of two people who died as a result of a fall. I fell once during an oversees trip and it HURT! Not only did it hurt, I found myself being a bit afraid to fall again. I have more confidence now, but that really shook me.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:53 AM by Debbie
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