KEEPING YOUR INDEPENDENCE
Am I at risk for a fall?
Preventing falls is important to staying independent. However, studies have shown that the more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.
A fall risk factor, such as reduced muscle strength, impaired balance or visual impairment, is something that increases a person’s chance of falling.
Unfortunately, since the number of fall risk factors a person may have usually increase with age, this explains why falls occur more often among older adults.
This could be due to a combination of different fall risk factors who are typically grouped in four categories: Biological, Behavioral, Social/Economic and Environmental.
Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent falls and decrease falls risks. However, the first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them.
Did You Know?
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults
More than 85% of injury-related hospitalizations for older adults are the result of falls
Approximately 8 hospital admissions occur each day in New Brunswick due to fall-related injuries in older adults
More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling
Half of older adults who have fallen before are afraid of falling again
Falls usually happen due to a risk factor or a combination of risk factors that can be addressed. To help determine your risk of falling, you are encouraged to answer all of the 12 statements that are found in the Staying Independent self-screening checklist.
Remember to print and bring a completed copy of this brochure to your primary care provider to discuss your personal risk factors and to find ways to reduce your risk of falls.
Click on the image to download a copy of the Staying Independent checklist.
Assessing Your Fear of Falling
Studies show that a fear of falling can become a vicious cycle in which the greater the fear of falling, the higher is the risk for future falls. To help determine your personal level of concern about falling, you are encourage to answer all of the 16 statements that can be found in the Staying Confident self-screening checklist
Remember to print and bring a completed copy of this brochure to your primary care provider to discuss your fear of falling in more detail and to find ways to reduce your level of concern.
Click on the image to download a copy of the Staying Confident checklist.