Did you know that falls are our most common reason for emergency response? Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.
For older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, injury, or even disability. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. If you are afraid or at risk of falling, know that you aren't alone and that help is available to you in order to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle!
Introducing Nymbl, A Free Balancing App
Arvada Fire has teamed up with Nymbl, a scientifically-proven balance training program that can improve balance by 30%. Nymbl combines fun brain games and simple body movements that help improve balance in just 10 minutes per day.
The training app can be downloaded from a smartphone or tablet and the easy exercises can be done in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Seniors in our District who have used the app have unanimously said that they feel more mobile and less afraid of falling.
Get started today by visiting AF.fallsfree.com.
Fall Prevention Tips From NFPA
• Exercise regularly to build strength, improve your balance, and to stay active. Ask your doctor about the best physical exercise for you.
• Take your time. Get out of chairs slowly. Sit a moment before you get out of your bed. Stand and get your balance before you walk. Be aware of your surroundings.
• Keep stairs and walking areas free of electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, magazines, and other items.
• Improve the lighting in and outside your home. Use nightlights or a flashlight to light the path between your bedroom and the bathroom. Turn on the lights before using the stairs. See an eye specialist once a year—better vision can help prevent falls.
• Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. Have grab bars installed on the wall next to the bathtub, shower, and toilet. Wipe up spilled liquids immediately.
• Be aware of uneven surfaces indoors and outdoors. If you must have scatter rugs, make sure they lay flat and do not slide when you step on them. Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting. Be aware of uneven sidewalks and pavement outdoors. Ask a family member or friend to clear ice and snow from outside stairs and walkways and always use handrails if available. Step carefully.
• Stairways should be well lit from both the top and the bottom. Have easy-to-grip handrails installed along the full length of both sides of the stairs.
• Wear sturdy, well-fitting, low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles. They are safer than high heels, thick-soled athletic shoes, slippers, or stocking feet.
Other Fall Prevention Resources
• National Institute on Aging - Preventing Falls and Fractures
• Mayo Clinic - Simple tips to prevent falls
• CDC - Important facts about falls