SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - Rosie Nguyen Posted: Apr 24, 2018 05:12 PM MDT
Falls from senior citizens can make up to 60 percent of emergency calls in Salt Lake City. Since the Salt Lake City Fire Department launched a fall prevention initiative with other agencies, they've seen the number of emergency calls for falls go down.
Three years ago, the Salt Lake City Fire Department partnered with other fire departments, hospitals, insurance provides, state and county health departments to form the Utah Falls Prevention Coalition (UFPC). The coalition tracks and evaluates falls and risks to educate seniors about safety and fall prevention.
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Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations in Utahns age 65 and older.
Consequences from a fall can severely limit one’s ability to live independently. Older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again. Despite these statistics, falls do not need to be an inevitable part of aging.
Research has shown that many falls can be prevented. Three major strategies to reduce fall risks are keeping your home safe, managing your medication, and performing regular strength and balance exercises.
The section below provides ideas for individuals, family members, and caregivers to address major fall risks and safety tips for moving about outside the home.
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