Myth #1: Falling Happens to other people, not to me.

Reality: Many people often think “It won’t happen to me.” The truth is that 1 in 4 older adults fall in the U.S. every year.

Myth #2: Falling is something normal that happens as you age.

Reality: Falling is not a normal facet of aging. Strength and balance exercises, making changes to your environment, managing your medications and having your vision checked may all work to prevent a fall.

Myth #3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.

Reality: Limiting physical activity can help you stay independent and live an active social life which is good for your overall health and wellness.

Myth #4: As long as I stay home, I can avoid falling.

Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Fix simple hazards such as clutter or poor lighting.

Myth #5: Muscle strength and flexibility cannot be regained.

Reality: We do lose muscle as we age but it’s never too late to join an exercise/wellness program, get moving!

Information brought to you by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties; The Wesley & Marion Small Fund. For more information visit the NCOA website at www.ncoa.org . For more information or questions on Falls Prevention please contact the Office for The Aging/NY Connects office at 315-867-1371.