For Utahns aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations, deaths, and traumatic brain injuries. Even without injuries, many seniors develop a fear of falling and, in turn, limit their daily activities resulting in reduced mobility, decreased strength and balance, and increased risk of falling. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Falls can be prevented by engaging in a balance and exercise program, reviewing your medications with a doctor or pharmacist, getting your vision and hearing checked, and keeping your home safe by removing falls hazards.
The Utah Department of Health recommends the following programs for falls prevention:
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