Hi there, Bridget Mackay. The Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We work in estate planning and elder law. And I want to welcome you to the first day of fall which also falls on the National Fall Awareness Prevention Day.

This video is going to be about, sort of aging, us aging or loved one’s aging and the risk of fall. It’s one of the biggest risks as you age to your health.

Here are some statistics from the National Council on Aging.

  • 25% of Americans over the age of 65 fall each year.
  • Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
  • And every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Annually falls result in over 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency rooms and 27,000 deaths.

So, it’s a big deal! As you age, for various reasons, you are having trouble negotiating your life and where you live and your community. So, here are some things you need to look for if you are prone to or afraid of the risk of falling.

The first thing, always the thing I talk about in most of these blogs when any of you know estate planning issues or anything like that comes up is, talk about it. Try and be as transparent as possible and communicate it. So, if you are someone who is concerned about falling, let your loved ones know because there are things we can do. Let your primary care provider know that that’s a concern of yours. All of those things will help reduce risks.

Also be aware of your health conditions. So, are there any medications that have side effects that cause dizziness? Check with your eye doctor, make sure your prescriptions, your visual prescriptions are up to date. If it’s a loved one, you’re concerned about, pay attention as they age. How they’re physically getting around. Are they having to grab on to things as they walk through the house? Are they having taking longer to stand up? And then adjust things in the house for them. Put in railings if they’re stairs going up and down to the front door. Put in railings in the bathroom. Make sure that you create places that are as smooth as possible, maybe no space rugs.

Definitely do the walk through a home for your loved one because all of those things are risks for them and that’s the number one place that people fall. It’s not necessarily outside, it’s inside their home doing daily things that they have done all their lives in the home that they’ve lived in. Adjust yourself, adjust your loved ones, communicate about what your needs are. Don’t be afraid for those of you who are afraid of risks or the risks of falling that you’re going to impose on your children to help you change your home around. Maybe go to a doctor’s appointment with you because falling as you age, like I said, can really lead to a lot of other problems.

With that in mind, have a wonderful fall (season) and stay tuned for our next video blog.