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Fall and fire prevention program for older adults

Post Date:05/20/2016
Remembering When, a program for fall and fire prevention, was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. By age 75, that risk increases to three times that of the general population – and to four times by age 85.

Fires and burns are not the only hazards that threaten our older citizens. Statistics from the CDC show that falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home. Thirty percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year – some of those falls are fatal, while others permanently disable victims, often causing loss of mobility. By focusing attention on these two serious issues, we can make a measurable improvement in the health and well-being of older adults, who are a rapidly growing segment of the population. Remembering When is designed to prevent injuries among older adults and help them live safely at home.

Remembering When is centered on 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention – developed by experts from national and local safety organizations, as well as through focus group testing in high fire-risk states.

For more information or to download the Remembering When program, visit www.nfpa.org/rememberingwhen
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