EMS Week (Day Five): Injury Prevention for Seniors
05/25/2012 | Mike Erfert, Public Information Officer
Injuries Due to Falls
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States and, among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury death. This could be something as simple as tripping in a parking lot or or more serious incidents like falling from a ladder or roof. No matter your age or activity, it pays to watch your footing and be careful.
Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling. They can: exercise regularly and improve balance; ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines, both prescription and over-the counter, to reduce side effects and interactions; have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year; improve the lighting in their home; and reduce hazards in their home that can lead to falls. The best treatment in the world cannot compare to never being injured in the first place. Safety is no accident!
Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke
Strokes are the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability. A stroke is an emergency and every minute counts. Know the signs and symptoms essential for rapid diagnosis and treatment.
You can use the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember signs and symptoms associated with having a stroke.
- "F" stands for "face." Can you smile without one side of your face drooping?
- "A" stands for "arms." Is one weak or numb? When you raise your arms, does one drift downward?
- "S" stands for "speech." Is your speech slurred? Can you repeat simple sentences correctly?
- "T" stands for "time." Studies have shown that the longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the chances of neurological damage.
The Yuma Fire Department offers a voluntary registration program for "Special Needs" citizens. The "Special Needs" population would include those with mobility challenges, acute dependency on utilities (medication preservation, oxygen, or other life support devices), and those with other acute medication or health monitoring needs. If you are interested in being added to this list, please contact Fire Administration at 373-4850.
For More Information
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Yuma Fire Department.