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After a fall, life is upended in an instant. A sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries.
As the American population ages, the number of older people who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of older Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents’ desire to live as they choose.
They are hiring architects and interior designers, some of whom wear special glasses that show the building as an old person would see it. Some have begun to install floor lighting, much like that on airplanes, that automatically illuminates a pathway ...
In an article detailing initiatives to improve living accommodations for the aging population, USC’s very own Jon Pynoos highlights the importance of modifying homes to better fit the needs of seniors. Such measures have the potential to greatly lessen the financial burden on seniors and their families, as well as to reduce government and tax-related spending on long-term institutional care.
Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. To recognize this critical issue, at the state level, SCR 77 (D-Lowenthal) was passed in 2008 declaring the first week of Fall each year as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
On Monday, September 9th, seven expert presenters and more than 50 professionals participated in a symposium on the impact of falls coordinated by the Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles which kick- started the Call to Action initiative to change the landscape of fall prevention in Los Angeles County.
The New York Times featured Co-Director Jon Pynoos in a story on living arrangements and options for older adults.
The National Council on Aging has many resources to support your National Fall Prevention Awareness Day efforts, including a new Fall Prevention Infographic and a webinar on new resources an partnerships: