Falls Prevention

Falls and Older Adults

In Wisconsin:

  • Falls have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the most common cause of injury-related death.
  • A large majority of fall-related deaths (87%) and inpatient hospitalizations (70%) involve people age 65 or older.
  • Hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to falls result in $800 million in hospital charges each year in Wisconsin.
  • Over 70% of the costs for fall-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits are paid by government insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  • The majority of falls that result in death occur in the home.
  • Approximately 40% of those admitted to a nursing home had a fall in the 30 days prior to admission.

We know that falls be prevented with information and education which can be found via the following links.

Resource  Description
Exercise for Balance and Strength In the quest to keep ourselves strong and fit as we age, there are plenty of resources out there that can help us add exercise or activity to our daily lives.
Falls Prevention Safety Plan Printable falls prevention safety plan that can help keep you on your feet.
Falls Prevention Links Resources and information about various topics related to falls prevention
Kenosha County Falls Prevention Plan (PDF) A simple plan to help reduce your risk of falls. 
Nutrition Links Good nutrition is one way to keep your body healthy. Before making any dietary changes please be sure to speak with your doctor or other healthcare professional so that you can make changes that are right for you.
Stand Up & Move More This six week workshop helps adults 55 and older reduce sitting time. You'll identify barriers to standing more, discuss strategies to increase standing time during group sessions. Researvh show the program reduces sedentary behavior and pain, improves vitality and general overall health. Register now!
Stepping On Falls Prevention Workshop A seven week falls prevention and education workshop that is fun, interactive, and reduces your risk for a fall.
Tai Chi Videos Tai Chi for Seniors is a series of 15 short online videos, each working on a different move.