Talking About Falls

Falls Prevention

Talking about falls can be difficult but is an important step in reduce the risk of a fall.

Overview

It isn’t always easy to start a conversation about a potentially sensitive subject and talking about senior falls is no exception. Although elders are likely to acknowledge the risk of a fall, associating that risk with oneself often does not occur until a near-fall or fall happens. Engaging in a discussion about falls with family, a friend, or health care professional can help initiate the next steps to reduce the risk of having a fall.


Talking to Older Adults

Talking to Older Adults

It is never too early to talk to someone about a fall, but it can be too late. Knowing what to say and how to say it can dictate how the conversation may go. When talking to any older adult about a potentially sensitive or difficult topic it is important to consider these suggestions from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Talking to Family

Talking to Family

It is a common thought among elders that telling family about fall concerns will worry and burden them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When compared to the consequences of having a fall, talking to family is much easier on everyone.

Talking to Health Care Specialist

Talking to Health Care Specialist

Despite providers’ busy schedules, health care specialists need to know about a senior’s concerns regarding falls. Each specialist can provide different information to help an individual to stay fall free. Here is a guide for speaking with health care specialist.

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Falls Prevention for Health Care Providers
Falls Prevention for Health Care Providers

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