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BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Shares Simple Tips for Preventing Falls

Falls Prevention Awareness Week Aims to Reduce Risk of Injury in Older Adults

September 21, 2018

Buffalo, NY- An adult aged 65 and older falls every second, making falling the leading cause of death and injury in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In conjunction with Falls Prevention Awareness Week, which begins on Sept. 22, the latest free Point of Health audiocast from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York highlights common risk factors associated with falls and provides simple ways to help reduce the risk of falling.

According Jennifer Johnson, Health Promotion Coordinator for BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, individuals can follow these simple steps:

  • Talk to your doctor. Discuss possible side effects of medications you’re taking, evaluate your current health conditions and discuss if you’ve experienced a fall before. 
  • Improve your balance. Improve your strength, balance and flexibility through activities like yoga and Tai Chi.
  • Make your home safe. Most falls happen at home, so remove clutter from walkways, including throw rugs; install hand-rails and grab bars.
  • Ensure proper lighting. Use night lights, especially in hallways, stairwells and bathrooms.

“If you have fallen or have a fear of falling, the most important thing you can do is talk to your doctor,” said Johnson. “About half the people who fall every year never mention it and doctors play a vital in identifying and treating risk factors, which ultimately reduces your risk of falling.”

The new audiocast is the latest in the health plan’s Point of Health series launched in December of 2016. Hosted by BlueCross BlueShield’s Vice President, Corporate Relations, Julie R. Snyder, Point of Health audiocasts are posted bi-monthly and feature an interview with experts on health insurance and health care, covering a variety of perspectives and information.

To listen to this episode, as well as past and future episodes visit