One in three adults over age 65 fall at least once a year. The impact of a fall can be significant. Injuries from a fall can cause cascading problems that prevent someone from remaining safe in their home.
But, falling does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. This Fall Prevention Awareness Week, take steps to prevent the risk of falls in your home or the homes of older adults in your life.
Earlier this week, Public Health released a report focused on domestic violence patterns. Similarly, social isolation, grief, and stress resulting from efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, combined with decreased access to services outside the home, may be increasing risk of abuse and neglect among children and vulnerable adults including elders.
People of all ages, genders, races and income levels fall victim to the opioid crisis. Older people in our community are no exception. People in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond are filling opioid prescriptions at a rising rate, and increasingly running into trouble. At a convening hosted by Public Health – Seattle & […]