Preventing Falls Helps Avoid Serious Injury and Loss of Life

News Release
For Immediate Release: 9/22/2023

Allan Urlis, APR, (402) 432-1532,​

Lincoln – (LINCOLN, Neb.) – Falls cause serious injury and unintentional death. They're the leading cause of head-trauma deaths for people older than 75 and the leading cause of hip fractures in adults 65 and over.

Fall Prevention Awareness Month is an opportunity for reiterating action steps to prevent falls.

While older adult and young children are at an increased risk, it is important that all Nebraskans take steps to prevent falls. “Fall-related injury is one of the most common reasons for people to seek emergency care," said Dr. Tim Tesmer, Nebraska's chief medical officer. “Taking precautionary measures to prevent them, especially for those who are at-risk, can save lives."

Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cognitive impairment, problems with your thyroid, balance, blood pressure, nerves, feet or blood vessels can be risk factors for falls and equilibrium issues. Certain medications or taking multiple different medications can also put people at risk for losing their balance and causing serious injury.

Steps to prevent falls:

  • Make an appointment with your health provider so that they may review any medications and/or supplements that you are taking, assess your risk, track any previous falls or instances in which you almost fell or discuss health conditions that might increase your risk.
  • Keep your body moving to improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. Daily, gentle exercise can be very beneficial in reducing your risk for falls. Be sure to check in with your healthcare provider before starting any regimens.
  • Ensure your living space is well-lit by placing night lights in rooms, bathrooms and hallways. Keep a lamp within reach of your bed or seating areas.
  • Remove home hazards such as boxes, newspapers, furniture or cords from walkways and high-traffic areas. Use a non-slip mat in the shower or on stairs and secure loose rugs or flooring. Use assistive devices such as handrails, canes or walkers.

If you are concerned about your risk for injury or falls, contact your doctor or join a physical therapy program designed to prevent falls.


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