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Falls in the Twin Ports
A fall can totally change a person’s life. A fall is a life changing health event. We know that 1/3 of all adults over the age of 65 will “take a spill” in a given year. Approximately 1/3 of those who do fall will end up with an injury requiring medical attention. Be aware 100% will end up with a mental “injury”. The fear of falling is one of the major causes of falling. When there is a fear of falling, people begin to do things differently. They walk differently, watch differently, and worst of all they begin limit their activities. These lifestyle changes create a downward spiral, increasing the risk of falls.

Falls are costly. Millions of healthcare dollars are spent each year to care for residents in the Twin Ports area who have experienced a fall. In our area approximately 1000 people over age 65 will experience a change in their quality of life or actually die as a result of falling this year. Research indicates that half of these people will never return to their pre-fall health status and up to 20% will die within one year of the injury.

Duluth Area Statistics
  • Non – transported “lift assists” - ~50/month

  • Transported fall victims - ~25/month

  • Hospital admissions due to falls in patients over age 65- ~750/year

The Twin Ports Falls Prevention Coalition
The Twin Ports Falls Prevention Coalition was started in response to these alarming statistics. To learn more about the coalition, click here.

Keys to Falls Prevention
This website has information and recommendations to help you and/or your loved ones prevent a fall.
  • Participate in regular physical activity. It's important not to lose strength or flexibility.

  • Manage your medications. Taking three or more medications, including over the counter and herbals, increases your risk of falling.

  • Evaluate the safety of your environment. Performing a room by room home safety check to identify and fix potential hazards is important.

How can I help prevent a fall?

Public Education
Members of the coalition welcome invitations to speak to local groups about fall prevention. Important information for people and those who care for people over age 65 is discussed. The speakers will use a power point presentation. Informational hand outs will be available. Please visit the speakers' bureau for more information.