Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls

Many people may think falling is an inevitable part of aging. However, most risks leading to falls can be decreased with some simple preparation.

Here are some steps to help reduce falls according to the National Council on Aging and the Mayo Clinic:

  1. Stay active: Look for exercises to build balance, flexibility and strength, which will keep your muscles strong and your reaction time quick.
  2. Assess your home: Provide more light near stairways and during evening or daybreak hours. Use a nonslip mat or safety decals in the bathtub or shower will help decrease common fall hazards in the home. Installing grab bars or storing often used items on easy-to-reach shelves also will make the home safer.
  3. Assess your community: Uneven and slippery surfaces are potential hazards both indoors and outdoors. Leaving enough time for errands and activities so you aren’t in a rush will help you stay safe and prepared while walking throughout your community. Wear safe, supportive shoes and reflective clothing as needed. Use a cane or walker to help stabilize yourself if needed.
  4. Have you talked to your doctor lately? Schedule regular medical checkups and talk to your doctor to assess your risk of falling. Get annual vision and hearing checkups. Update your eyeglasses as needed.
  5. Review your medications: Have your doctor or pharmacist regularly review your medication list with you to make sure the side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed and take them at the same time each day.
  6. Talk to your family members and neighbors. Enlist their help and support. Create a system to check in with someone in case something happens to you while you are out-and-about.

Learn more about how to prevent fall-related injuries at the Adult Health Clinic held at the Main Library on Friday, September 22 in observance of the 10th Annual National Falls Prevention Day.

Adult Health Clinic
Boone County Public Library, Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Friday, September 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  • 10:30 a.m. – The Legal Implications of a Fall presented by the Law Firm of Parker Clifton
  • 11 a.m. – Multigenerational Yoga
  • 11:30 a.m. – Tai Chi
  • Noon – How Diabetes Medication Can Impact Falls presented by NKY Health Department
  • 1:40 p.m. – Door Prizes

Free health screenings and education for all adults:
*Health insurance required for vaccinations.

  • Senior Helpers
  • NKY Health Department
  • NKY Physical Medicine
  • Personal Touch
  • Connecting Hearts
  • Hearing Solutions
  • Hebron Chiropractic
  • Captel (Captioned telephones)
  • Right at Home
  • Home Instead
  • CAREtenders
  • Kroger
  • Bluegrass Navigators
  • Woodcrest
  • Magnolia Springs
  • Burlington Healthcare
  • Gateway
  • Brightstar
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Primewise
  • Woodmen Life
  • RC Durr YMCA, Boone County Senior Center
  • Rosedale Green/Emerald Terrace
  • Clear Captions
  • Kindred at Home
  • CAREPatrol
  • Walgreens
  • Atria
  • Crescent Insurance
  • NKY Pharmacist Association
  • Biodex
  • St Elizabeth
  • Sams
  • Anthem BC/BS
  • A Place for Mom
  • Passport
  • Relatives Raising Relatives
  • Assisting Hands

The Adult Health Clinic is provided by the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

-Kate

Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her
enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library.

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