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5 Best Websites for Advice on Ways to Prevent Falls
Frank Blood
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5 Best Websites for Advice on Ways to Prevent Falls

A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP reported that one of the top aspects of caregiving for which caregivers (42%) feel they need more help is information about keeping their loved one safe at home.  According to the CDC, one in three people age 65 and older fall each year resulting in 2.5 million emergency room visits for fall related injuries; many of which could have been prevented. One out of every 5 falls results in serious injury such as a head injury or broken bone but even if the person did not suffer an injury, a fall can make them afraid of falling again; which causes them to reduce their activities which in turn causes them to become weaker, resulting in a greater risk for future falls.

Here are our choices for the five top sites to visit for information on how to prevent falls.

NIH National Institute on Aging – NIHSeniorHealth

The Falls and Older Adults pages are a wonderful resource for caregivers as well as seniors. They cover all of the common issues, provide a few brief videos, and include a good FAQ page. If you could choose only one website to visit, this would be the one.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has pages in different sections which can be a little confusing but still worth the visit. Start with Preventing Falls among Older Adults for tips, publications, and a brief safety checklist. Important Facts about Falls is worthwhile for a few unique insights and for the Related Pages just before the references, if you are interested in other resources.

NIH – National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Through their NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases – National Resource Center their What are Ways to Prevent Falls and Related Fractures? page not only gives advice on preventing falls but how to prevent broken bones if you should happen to fall and tips on keeping your bones healthy. Check out their Related Resources and Partner Resources in the side bar for even more information.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Their Guidelines for Preventing Falls is abbreviated well so it’s easy to read and understand. All of the information is contained on one page and has a Related Articles section if you’d like to learn more.

WebMD

There is enough good information on Preventing Falls in Older Adults to include it in our list of falls prevention best websites especially because of their internal links which give you a greater perspective and allow you to go into as much detail as you have time for or want.

Do you have an unusual technique you use or a particular product you've found to help keep your loved one safer? Why not pass it on to other caregivers who might be stressing out wondering what they'll do? Just leave a comment below - and if you've found these websites helpful, please forward this article to others.

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