Falls are leading cause of injury-related deaths of older Utahns

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths of older Utahns, but falling does not have to be a normal part of aging. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Utah Department of Health (UDOH).

Emily Jewkes, a Health Educator at the Bear River Health Department in Logan, said there are those who suffer a fall and later they develop a fear of falling again, which can limit their daily activities.

“Unfortunately, a fear of falling does play a big role in actually falling because people tend to get worried about falling,” said Jewkes, “so they actually become immobile and they stop moving and that actually increases your chances of falling. So, we encourage people to keep moving and keep trying to include a regular exercise program.”

She said fall prevention classes are found at livingwell.utah.gov and one is beginning in March at Logan Regional Hospital.

The UDOH report indicated most falls can be prevented by removing hazards from the home and participating in regular strength and balance exercises.

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