Injury Prevention Coordinator
Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield
Why All the Fuss?
•In Wisconsin, falls have surpassed motor
vehicle crashes as the most common cause
of injury-related death.
•The majority of falls that result in death
occur in the home.
•Of those who fall, 20 to 30% suffer
moderate to severe injuries that reduce
mobility and independence.
At least 95% of hip fractures among
older adults are due to falls.
Up to 25% of adults who lived
independently before their hip fracture
have to stay in a nursing home for at
least a year after their injury.
Falls and the injuries they cause are a
huge national public health problem.
Through education and by making some
simple changes in the way we do things,
we can prevent the occurrence of falls.
One of the easiest forms of exercise
• Good pair of shoes
• Comfortable clothing
How to start: Just walk out the door!
If you have any health concerns or medical
conditions, be sure to check with your
doctor for advice before you begin a routine
keep walkways clear
use shower mats in the tub/shower
use grab bars in shower/near toilet
install handrails at stairways
have adequate lighting
wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles
keep frequently used items where you
can reach them
carry a cell phone or lifeline for
use chairs with arms
Have your vision checked
Review you medications with your
Begin a regular exercise program
Use Yak trax and hip protectors
Let’s Check What We’ve Learned
True or False?
1. I am too old to exercise.
2. Inactivity is not a normal part of aging.
3. A lack of exercise can be dangerous to
4. Falls are costly both in terms of health
care costs and loss of independence.
5. Staying physically active helps me feel
good about myself.
6. When I make exercise a routine, just like
my meds or meals, I will be able to
maintain exercise as a regular part of my
7. It is important for me to maintain my
Regular exercise and activity will help
maintain your physical and mental
Exercising will help lower your risk for
falls and serious injury by maintaining and
increasing your strength, flexibility, and
Maintaining an independent, active
lifestyle is possible regardless of your
You can lower your risk for falling by
making some simple changes in the
way you do things around your home.
Participating in the Senior Steps
exercise program can be the first step to
a healthier, more active lifestyle.