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Glad you are here. You are taking a step toward preventing a fall by yourself or a loved one. Falls are a serious problem for our older adults. However, research shows that many fall risks can be reduced and falls prevented. We hope you will find the information on this web site helpful.

The Fall Prevention Team
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging


Falls in the Arrowhead Region
A fall can totally change a person’s life. A fall is a life changing. We know that at least 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 Arrowhead Region 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. Given these thoughts – no wonder 2/3 of our older adults report a fear of falling.


What We Know
  • More woman fall than men but more men die from a fall

  • Falls account for 40% of injury related deaths in older adults

  • Falls may result in a postfall syndrome: which includes dependence, loss of autonomy, confusion, immobilization and depression, which will lead to a restriction in daily activities.

  • Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury and death among those over 65.

  • 1/2 to 2/3 of falls occur around the home

  • 75% of falls occur around the home often during routine activities

  • Falls don’t “just happen”. Often, more than one underlying cause or risk factor is involved in a fall. It’s a combination of things coming together.

  • Falls are not a natural part of aging!


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 contact the Evidence Based Health Program staff at infoEBHP@ardc.org for more information.