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    Fall Prevention Education

    In the United States, someone is injured as a result of a fall at a rate of once every 3 minutes. Falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospitalization, accounting for 1.6 million hospitalizations every year.

    Falls can happen to anybody, but adults over the age of 65 have the highest number of falls that result in injury. Individuals 75 years of age or older have the highest rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalization and death following a fall. Risks are even higher for those on blood thinners (anybody taking a blood thinner who hits their head should see a doctor).

    Reducing the Risk of Fallsbarrow fall prevention program

    Take Care at Home

    • Remove things that can be tripped over
    • Keep often-used items within easy reach
    • Use nonslip mats in tub and on shower floors
    • Have grab bars next to toilets, bathtubs, or showers
    • Make sure all areas of the residence are well lit, especially at night

    Take Care of Yourself

    • Get yearly medical and vision check-ups
    • Get enough exercise. Consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Focus on balance, flexibility, and muscle-strengthening exercises
    • Wear shoes with good support instead of slippers or going barefoot
    • Eat a balanced diet and drink water to remain hydrated
    • Have your medicines, even over-the-counter medicines, reviewed by your doctor or pharmacist

    Barrow Fall Prevention Education offers a free informative presentation designed to reduce falls by increasing the knowledge and awareness of the causes and risk factors related to falls, especially in the older adult population.

    How can we help you?

    Complete this contact request form and Barrow Prevention or the ResourceLink information and referral service will contact you.

    Fall-related Links

    Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center

    Neurotrauma Program

    Neuro-Rehabilitation Center

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.