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, injuries are the main reason for visiting the primary care and trauma departments. That is why this day is dedicated not just to injuries, but to information on how to avoid them, and first aid.
Even a slight fall can be more serious than it seems at first glance. The possible consequences of a fall are bruises, hematomas, head injuries, fractures, and in serious situations, even death. This is why injuries deserve study and close attention. It is especially important not to be careful with the elderly, because age weakens natural healing abilities. 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 themselves.
- 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.
- Complications after a fall are the second leading cause of death in the world.
How to take part
Spend more time with older people, giving them care and attention. Don’t let them feel unwanted and forgotten. Take part in themed events. Volunteer in a home for lonely elderly people. 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 2023?
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on September 22 each year.