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What you can do to prevent falls:

Begin a regular
excercise program.

Have your health care provider review your medicines.

Have your vision checked
every year.

Make your home safer.

To learn more

Download the Tips for Fall Prevention flyer.

Alaska Senior Fall Prevention

Your choices make a difference

Did you know that accidental falls are the number one cause of injury to Alaskans age 65 and older, often causing serious injury such as brain trauma or hip fracture? Many falls can be prevented by making changes that lower your chances of falling.

The facts about senior falls:

  • Falls are largely a preventable community health problem, as they are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among Alaskans age 65 and older, leading to approximately 36 deaths, 1,600 hospitalizations, and 123 emergency department visits in 2015.
  • One of three older Alaskans fall each year on average, with those who have fallen being two or three times more likely to fall again, and the fear of falling threatens a senior's safety and independence.
  • In Alaska the average estimated medical cost of a single fall-related hospitalization is $55,000, which amounted to over $41 million in public and private health care spending in 2013.
  • Senior citizens can reduce their chances of falling by participating in exercise programs to improve balance and strength, reviewing their medications with a healthcare professional, having regular eye exams, as well as reducing home hazards that can cause tripping and installing safety devices.

The following page has additional information and resources related to Senior Falls Prevention:

Learn more about fall prevention:

Public Service Announcements

Listen to the Senior Fall Awareness Tips PSA Senior Fall Awareness Tips (mp3, 609kb)

Did you know that falling is the number one reason Alaska seniors are hospitalized? Senior Fall Awareness week is a good time to double check that your home is safe for seniors.

  • Keep stairways clean, well lit, and with a secure hand rail.
  • Keep vinyl floors dry and tape down loose rugs.
  • Keep a lamp or nightlight on.
  • Use a non-skid bath mat.
  • And use ice grippers or a walker outside.

Listen to the Senior Fall Awareness message from Dr. Hurlburt A message from the Chief Medical Officer (mp3, 609kb)

This is Dr. Ward Hurlburt, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer. At age 76, I strive to be healthy, active, independent and injury free. Senior Fall Awareness Week, is a good time to:

  • Exercise regularly,
  • Review your medications with your healthcare provider,
  • Use a home-safety check list to avoid hazards, and
  • Schedule your annual eye exam.

For more information

Throughout the year, ACoA will send out information and ideas for activities each month focusing on fall prevention for Alaskan seniors.

Please contact Alaska Commission on Aging by email or call (907) 465-3250.