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FALLS PREVENTION

FD1's Community Resource Specialist focuses on helping falls patients and those at-risk for falls

falls preventionFire District 1 responds to about a thousand fall injury calls to 911 each year. We know falls are a major threat to the health and independence of people age 65 and older. Nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall and the results can often be a life-changing loss of mobility and independence. That's why we’ve launched a new program to focus on prevention. 

Patients who have fallen or are at-risk of falling can be referred to Fire District 1 Community Resource Specialist Kristen Thorstenson, who can follow up with prevention information, assistance in accessing social services or a home visit for a falls risk assessment and safety survey.

Studies show that a combination of behavior changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:
• Participating in a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
• Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
• Having medications reviewed periodically.
• Getting eyes and ears checked annually.
• Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

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