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