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Fall Prevention

Lower Your Risk of Falling

As people age, poor balance and flexibility can cause falls and broken bones. A broken bone (called a fracture) in an older person can cause pain, hospital stays, or disability.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing Falls: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about preventing falls.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Protect Your Health as You Grow Older

Poor health and getting older don’t have to go together. You can do many things to stay healthy and active as you grow older.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing Falls: What To Ask Your Doctor

Am I taking any medicines that will make me sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded? How can I make my bathroom safer? Should I use a cane or a walker? These are some important questions to ask your doctor on the topic of fall prevention.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Questions and Answers About Sprains and Strains

This fact sheet presents general information about sprains and strains. Treatment and prevention information is provided too.

Review Date: April 04, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults- (PDF)

Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but simple to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Review Date: April 09, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults

Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Fall Prevention Tips

Find tips to prevent injuries to children due to falls from windows, balconies, playground equipment, furniture, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide

Fall Protection Tips for Workers- (PDF)

This site provides tips and illustrations on how to protect yourself from a fall.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Falls - Older Adults

On this site, you will find a variety of fact sheets, resources and publications on falls, and fall prevention programs geared toward older adults.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Falls and Fractures

Follow these practical tips to help prevent falls in your home and outside.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging

Falls and Fractures

Follow these practical tips to help prevent falls in your home and outside.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging

Falls and Older Adults (Videos)

Learn how to maintain your bone health to prevent falls, how to modify your home for increased safety, what devices you can use to prevent falls, and more. This site also contains answers to frequently asked questions about falls, and a video featuring home safety tips.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Falls: The Reality

Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19. Learn how parents and caregivers can protect children from falls.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hip Fracture

You can break your hip at any age, but the great majority of hip fractures occur in people older than 65. Learn about causes and treatments, and how to prevent a hip fracture.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

NIHSeniorHealth: Balance Problems

This overview on balance problems in older adults provides information on causes and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and research, and frequently asked questions about balance and dizziness.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Preventing Falls and Related Fractures

Falls are serious at any age, and breaking a bone after a fall becomes more likely as a person ages. This publication offers tips for reducing the chances of fall-related fractures that result from low bone mass and osteoporosis.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Preventing Falls at Home- (PDF)

If you want to stay in your own home for as long as possible, it is important to review this checklist for preventing falls.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

Administration on Aging

What You Can Do To Prevent Falls: Older Adults- (PDF)

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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