Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What's Yours?

Published on 29 October 2015

Diabetes affects everyone, not just those living with the disease, but family members, friends, the emergency response system, hospitals, behavioral health systems, employers, housing providers, and various other groups.

Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls

Published on 27 August 2015

Many people take a stand on health and social issues. This year's falls prevention theme is "Take a Stand to Prevent Falls." With the first day of fall just around the corner, falls should not be "just around the corner" for older adults.

I Am No Less Capable Than Before

Published on 30 June 2015

My impatient style set me up for that fall. A cane probably couldn't have prevented the trip but might have softened the fall and made it less likely that I would spend three hours in an emergency department getting an MRI and then spend time and money having to replace my glasses.

Shape Up! Encourages Older Adults to Remain Active, Reduce Falls

Published on 1 June 2015

The best way to reduce falls is to be physically active. When older adults choose activity programs that build strength, balance and flexibility, they significantly reduce their chances of experiencing a fall.

Holidays—What a Trip!

Published on 2 December 2014

Trips, tumbles and falls—they happen every day. In Washington state, falls result in over 12,000 hospitalizations each year. That's why Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—and other Aging Network organizations emphasize falls prevention throughout the year. Falls safety precautions include exercise for balance and strength, medication review, vision exam, and removal of trip hazards.

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Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow

Published on 2 September 2014

Perhaps you remember exercise and nutrition expert Jack LaLanne, who was sometimes called the Godfather of Fitness. Do you remember watching his television shows in the 50s, 60s and 70s that featured him demonstrating exercises, while preaching the benefits of regular exercise and good diet? Not only were his programs aimed at younger men and women, he also coached the elderly and individuals with disabilities to not forgo exercise, believing it would enhance their strength.

Falls: Not an Inevitable Consequence of Aging

Published on 30 April 2014

Do you know someone who has fallen? Or have you had a fall yourself? If so, this should come as no surprise. Falls occur commonly and are the leading cause of unintentional injury among people aged 65+. In fact, every year one in three adults aged 65 or older will suffer a fall. About one in five falls causes a moderate to severe injury—for example, a broken arm, leg, neck, or hip, and serious head injuries.

One for the Money, Two for the Show...

Published on 29 August 2013

Carl Perkins' song, Blue Suede Shoes, comes to mind when I think of September's emphasis on falls prevention and emergency preparedness. It's not because of money, racing, or shoes. It's this: It's time to get ready—and there’s so much to do!

Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time

Published on 29 August 2013

Do you know what a "fall" is? Most of us believe we do. How many times have you heard someone say, "I didn't fall, I just slipped"?

In 1987, the Kellogg International Working Group on the Prevention of Falls in the Elderly defined a fall:

"… unintentionally coming to rest on the ground, floor, or other lower level from a standing, sitting, or horizontal position in a movement not caused by a seizure, stroke, fainting, motor vehicle accident, or risky behavior, such as skiing, roof repair, or drug overdose."

Falls Prevention Among Russian/Ukrainian-speaking Older Adults

Published on 29 August 2013

In 2012, Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County—tested falls prevention toolkit strategies targeting case management clients who were at risk for falls or had a history of falls, who also lived in independent senior residential facilities. The goal was to reduce their falls risk by educating them about the falls prevention components (regular exercise, safe home environments, eye exams, and medication management).

Falls Prevention Efforts Succeed in South King County

Published on 2 January 2013

The results are in for the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) falls prevention project that began last April. ADS received a mini-grant from the Washington State Department of Health to pilot test strategies outlined in a draft Falls Prevention Toolkit.

Don't Fall This Fall...Or Any Other Time, If You Can Help It

Published on 30 August 2012

Falls are a significant hazard to our health, which is why we promote public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

Falls—Predictable and Preventable

Published on 30 August 2012

Falls—often predictable and preventable—are not part of the normal aging process. Rather, they are due to underlying physical illnesses (e.g., arthritis, muscle weakness, depression), medications, and environmental hazards (such as carpets, slippery floors, pets, and clutter) often in conjunction.

Make Sure Your Home Can Change As You Do

Published on 30 August 2012

Home sweet home! No one expects a simple turn of events or our changing lives to suddenly make our home sweet home become a barrier to our comfort and peace of mind. Unfortunately that is typically what can happen if we are not aware of the possibility of change and if we're not prepared to deal with it. 

Reviewing Your Meds Can Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Published on 30 August 2012

As we age, our risk of falling increases. This is no surprise to anyone but more of us are living to an old age and the number of elderly people falling is growing.

King County Rallies to Prevent Falls

Published on 30 August 2012

During an eight-week course taught by two trained coaches, A Matter of Balance participants identify "fall-ty" habits, correct hazards in the home, and gain confidence to become more active with support from a group of peers.