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ThinkFirst for Falls Prevention

Did you know nearly 3 million older adults are treated for injuries related to a fall in emergency rooms each year? One in five falls causes a severe injury, such as a broken ankles, arms and wrists, hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries including concussions.

Helping to prevent falls

While we can’t prevent every fall, there are many things you can do to decrease your chances of falling to avoid severe injury. ThinkFirst to Prevent Falls is a one-hour presentation designed for older adults and their family members or caregivers. Its goal to raise awareness about risk factors for falls and to learn how to reduce them in their home and community, and in regards to their medications, vision, nutrition, and physical activity. The presentation also covers what to do in case of a fall and the importance of talking with your health care provider.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this presentation is now available virtually.

For more resources about falls prevention, visit our Falls Prevention Education webpage.

For more information or to schedule a session, contact:

Lara Peck, MPH, MCHES
Injury Prevention Coordinator, Trauma Administration
Prisma Health Richland Hospital
Lara.Peck@PrismaHealth.org
803-434-6231

To find a local ThinkFirst chapter in your area, please visit ThinkFirst South Carolina or the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation.