I love to sail in these waters near my home, always with safety precautions! I want lifelines that surround the boat to reduce the odds of anyone falling overboard, a life ring to toss to anyone who does fall overboard, and life jackets so it someone does get tossed into the sea, the chances of drowning are reduced. This is the perspective I bring to falls prevention!
Purpose of this Website
Older adults are at high risk of falls that lead to injury and death. About one in five of us will experience a fall with injuries each year! This is a miserable way to spend our time, often involving a period of hospital care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient physical therapy. Such serious injuries threaten our independence and give our family members and friends reason for concern. With this site, we aim to:
- Increase awareness of specific fall risks
- Increase knowledge of ways to intervene – to reduce fall risks
- Improve options for living well at home
Over the past 30 years, researchers have studied what works to reduce falls and fall injuries. This body of work has yielded what I call fall risks or risk areas, and lifesavers, also called interventions.