Alaska Fall-Related Injury Prevention


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This year we are observing Go4Life Month

Go4Life Month is a celebration of the benefits of exercise for older adults. This year's theme is Get Ready! Get Moving! Go4Life!, which focuses on:

  • What you can do to make exercise a long-term healthy habit
  • Safety tips
  • Doing all 4 types of exercise (endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility)
  • Tracking your progress
  • Staying motivated to be active

Visit the newly updated Go4Life website for more information about:

  • How exercise can help you
  • Exercises to try
  • Workout videos
  • Printable and fillable tracking tools
  • Other free resources

Tune in to the Go4Life Facebook Live fitness demonstration on Sept. 13 at 10am Alaska Daylight Time. Learn about the benefits of all 4 types of physical activities recommended for older adults and how they can make a real difference in everyday life. See Go4Life in action!

Facts About Senior Falls:

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services:

  • Falls are the number one leading cause of serious injury requiring medical attention and the loss of independence among Alaska residents aged 55 plus.
  • In 2016 alone, (most recently available compiled data) the total amount billed to Alaska seniors for falls-related injuries was approximately $135 million—triple the amount billed in 2012. The average fall cost $80,000 for acute services only; including emergency medical services, emergency departments, intensive care units, and hospital charges.
  • Alcohol, prescription drugs, and other substances are associated with increased likelihood for falls. Of those screened, 64% tested positive for alcohol, 25% tested positive for prescription drugs, and 25% for other substances. Further analysis of the data indicates the majority of those who tested positive for other substances had also tested positive for marijuana.

Listen to our Public Service Announcement (PSA)* about adult falls and how you can prevent them Alaska Adult Falls Prevention - 2015 Radio Message

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:

*PSA transcript:
"Broken 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.

Learn more about starting a new activity at InjuryPrevention-dot-alaska-dot-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:

  • medications
  • vision
  • balance/gait
  • 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

(download script):

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):