CONTACT: Shirley J. Knowles
BOSTON November 30, 2012 Each year, 1 in 3 Americans age 65 or older fall down, and the risk of falling increases with age. A fall can easily occur by tripping over a throw rug, stumbling when going up and down a flight of stairs, wearing ill-fitted shoes, or moving around in dark rooms.
According to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services department, falls are the 3rd leading cause of death in the state and the leading cause of injury-related hospital stays and emergency department visits. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) offers tips to reduce the number of accidents seniors have due to falls.
There are several ways to prevent falls around your home, while you're active, or when you're out in public:
Talk to Your Doctor About Medications
Make Your Home Safe
Get Regular Vision Exams
Remember, if you've fallen in the past, you're at a higher risk for falling again. For your own health and safety, if you do fall, it's important to inform your doctor right away. For more information, please call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 1-800-227-SAFE (7233) or visit their website to learn about more safety information.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (www.bluecrossma.com) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. Celebrating our 75th anniversary in 2012, we are committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable. Consistent with our corporate promise to always put our 2.8 million members first, we are rated among the nation's best health plans for member satisfaction and quality.