BIAA Celebrates Falls Prevention Awareness Month
September 1, 2021
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. While older adults and young children are at highest risk groups for sustaining traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to falls, everyone is at risk. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. Parents and caregivers can play a key role in protecting children, while adults can take proactive measures to reduce their risks.
The Brain Injury Association of America supports the implementation, dissemination, and sustainability of evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies to reduce the incidence of falls. To help prevent older adult falls, health care providers are encouraged to take three steps: 1) screen patients for fall risk, 2) review and manage medications that might increase fall risk, and 3) recommend daily vitamin D supplements for improved bone, muscle, and nerve health. Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STEADI tools and resources for more information.
Explore the resources below to learn more and use hashtag #FallsFree on social media to help raise awareness.