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.