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Florida Injury Prevention Programs for Seniors (FLIPS). Senior Fall Prevention. Senior Module. Flexibility. To maximize health and independence you should be flexible in: mind body home lifestyle. The Facts— Are Falls Really A Problem?. 1 in 3 seniors fall each year.

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Florida Injury Prevention Programs for Seniors (FLIPS)

Senior Fall Prevention

Senior Module


  • To maximize health and independence you should be flexible in:

    • mind

    • body

    • home

    • lifestyle

The Facts—Are Falls Really A Problem?

  • 1 in 3 seniors fall each year.

  • Those who have fallen once have a greater chance of falling later.

  • In 1999, ~21,000 seniors in Florida were hospitalized due to hip fractures from falls.

  • Indirect costs: loss of independence and decreased quality of life.

Medical Conditions






Cardiac medication



Managing Health Risk Factors

Managing Health Risk Factors cont’d…

  • Balance

  • Sensory perception, i.e. vision, touch, etc.

  • Memory and focus

  • Dementia

  • Fear of falling

Lifestyle Behaviors—Exercise & Nutrition

  • 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week (2 miles of brisk walking or dancing)

  • Eat the right foods and get plenty of calcium and vitamin D

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages

Downward Cycle of Fear

move slower/ avoid movements

decreased strength and endurance

What YOU CAN do…

improve balance

ask for help or use helpful devices when necessary

stay active

Lifestyle Behaviors—Confident Attitude

Lifestyle Behaviors—Mental Activity

  • Focus and distraction

  • Dementia

  • What YOU CAN do:

    • challenging activities such as bridge & chess

    • talk with your health care provider

Lifestyle Behaviors—Balance

  • You need good vision to help stabilize you.

  • Your feet must be able to feel the ground.

  • Exercise and strength training

  • Appropriate footwear

  • Talk to your doctor about medications that make you dizzy.

Home Fall Hazards

  • Clear walkways of:

    • cords and hoses

    • throw rugs

    • pets

    • clutter

  • Increase lighting

  • Add rails to stairways

  • Need porch railings

  • Clean wet floors

Home Fall Hazards—Bathroom Safety

  • Grab bars around the tub and toilet

  • Raised toilet seat

  • Shower or tub chair

  • Flexible hose for the shower

  • Non-skid mat in tub

Public Fall Hazards

  • Curbs

  • No railings near steps

  • Cracks in walkways

  • Uneven walkways

  • Slippery steps

  • Obstacles along paths




Special step stools

Portable seat lift

Hip protectors

Assistive Devices—Tools To Help You

Taking Charge!

  • Talk to your doctor about…

    • dizziness, especially with regards to medications.

    • chronic diseases such as Arthritis, Diabetes, and Osteoporosis.

    • starting an exercise program.

  • See a Physical Therapist about…

    • improving your balance and strength.

    • walking with assistive devices like canes.

Taking Charge! cont’d…

  • See an Occupational Therapist about…

    • home safety.

    • special needs or assistive device use like reachers.

  • See an eye doctor for a yearly eye exam

Empower Yourself!

  • Exercise

  • Stay physically and mentally active

  • Eat well

  • Drink lots of water

  • Do not let fear stop you!

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