Seniors, Please Stay Off Those Ladders!

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

Please, seniors, don’t go on that roof and please give away those ladders!

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, falls prevention programs and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be hugely reduced and our EMS team is a huge part of the solution.

WhidbeyHealth EMS and WhidbeyHealth physical therapists work with the Oak Harbor Senior Center through the

“Aging Mastery Program,” where they speak quarterly about Senior Falls Prevention. EMS also performs “Home Safety Surveys” with a focus on preventing falls in the home, which account for 85 percent of all falls.

“We install falls prevention devices in the home to encourage and allow our seniors to age in place and maintain their independence,” says paramedic Robert May, who is also the EMS Injury Prevention Coordinator.

If you like to set up a Home Safety Survey with one of our EMS team, please call 360.914.3175.

Visit whidbeyhealth.org/stayhealthy/classes-and-programs to see a list of locations that offer “Fitness for Seniors on Whidbey Island.”