Caring for the Caregiver (featuring Queen Latifah’s mom, Rita)
We’re honored to partner with the National Council on Aging on a series of resources for family caregivers of older adults. Many caregivers may not realize that 1 in 4 adults over the age of 65 falls every year, injuring themselves and often exacerbating other conditions of aging. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans; they are costly—in dollars and in quality of life.
Family caregivers and those at-risk for a fall can be partners and participants in falls prevention. The good news is that falling is not a normal part of aging.
Use the resources below to learn more about how caregivers can be partners in avoiding falls. For more information, visit the National Council on Aging’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center.
Caregivers, you can be a partner and a participant in falls prevention!
Taking action to address the risk of falling is an important way to stay healthy and independent as long as possible. Falls prevention activities are beneficial to everyone across the lifespan, and they can be fun! As the caregiver, you have the power to reduce your loved one’s risk of falling, and your own fall risk as well.
Use this guide as a tool of empowerment in your role as a caregiver. Use it if you or the person you are caring for has had a fall, is experiencing decreased mobility, is unsteady on their feet, or is fearful of falling. When needed, use it to talk with other members of your family or health care professionals about creating a falls prevention action plan.
Download the Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers!