Falls Prevention Awareness Day is celebrated annually on September 22nd. At first glance, the holiday seems a little strange and awkward, but according to statistics, it is injuries that are the main reason for visiting the primary care department, as well as the traumatology department. That is why this day is dedicated not just to injuries, but to the dissemination of information on how to avoid them and first aid.
Any, even a slight fall, can be more serious than it seems at first glance. The possible consequences of a fall are a bruise, a hematoma, a head injury, fractures, and in serious situations, even a fatal outcome is possible. This is why injuries deserve study and close attention. It is especially important not to forget about caution for the elderly, because with age their natural abilities weaken. In 1972, a special emergency response system for the elderly appeared, it was invented by the psychologist Dibner. Using this system, a person in trouble could help himself.
- In 1976, Dibner received a patent for his invention, Lifeline Systems.
- In 1987, another invention appeared – Life Alert, it could be worn on the arm or neck, like a bracelet or necklace. The device was equipped with an automatic dialer.
- In 2007, four states came together and celebrated Falls Prevention Awareness Day for the first time, and gradually other states joined the initiative.
- Consequences after a fall are the second leading cause of death in the world.
How to celebrate
Spend more time with older people, show care and attention. Don’t let them feel unwanted, forgotten. Take part in themed events, they are held at the state level, as well as at the state level. Volunteer in a home for lonely elderly people, be more merciful. Be proactive – look around your home and neighborhood and think about how you can make the space safer for the elderly.
When is Falls Prevention Awareness Day in 2022?
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on September 22 each year.