Alaska Fall-Related Injury Prevention
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.
Listen to our newest Public Service Announcement (PSA)* about adult falls and how you can prevent them>
For more information about physical activity options that can help prevent falls, check with your local Senior Center.
You can link to these helpful websites for info on:
hips and head injuries can have life-altering effects, especially for
older adults. But no matter how old you are, it's important to be
physically active to prevent injuries. Activity can also increase your
strength, balance, and can be done at ANY age. Ask your health care
provider about activities that will improve your health. You're never too old to get stronger.
about starting a new activity at InjuryPrevention-dot-alaska-dot-gov (injuryprevention.alaska.gov)."
Important News for Alaskans with Medicare:
Fall-risk Assessment for Medicare Beneficiaries
Maintaining your personal independence keeps you in control. Ask your Medicare provider for your fall-risk assessment, as part of your Welcome or Annual Wellness Visit.
You may be asked about your:
- safety items in your home
- regular exercise
"Stay fit, stay healthy, stay independent." Watch the 30 second PSA about Fall Risk Assessments for Medicare beneficiaries, featuring Chief Medical Officer for Alaska, Ward Hurlburt, M.D., MPH
Medicare Fall Risk Assessment
Go to Medicare.Gov or ask your provider for more info>
The following are some ways you can help prevent falls (*check with your provider to see if these options are right for you):
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