Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as lacerations, hip fractures or head traumas. The average cost for treatment of the resulting injuries is $19,000. Injuries also may make it difficult for the individual to continue living independently and may increase the risk of early death.
Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases their actual risk of falling.
To help prevent falls in and around the home, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions hosts Safe at Home, an annual high-impact, half-day of service to homeowners age 60 and over or to persons of any age with a disability to help make their homes safe and accessible for daily living. Safe at Home typically coincides with Fall Prevention Awareness Week, recognized nationally during the first full week of fall.
Event Day Schedule
The kickoff for Safe at Home will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, at CICOA, located at 4755 Kingsway Drive in Indianapolis.
8 a.m.--Volunteers arrive for registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m.--Volunteer group photos
9 a.m.--Kickoff ceremony
9:15 a.m.--Volunteers leave for morning work assignments
9:30-11:30 a.m.--Walgreens will provide flu shots free to those age 65 and older with Medicare Part B benefit. Individuals with private insurance also are eligible if they are over 65, but must bring their insurance card. The flu shots are provided as a part of CICOA’s partnership in the National Council on Aging’s Flu +You campaign to educate older adults and those who care for them about the seriousness of the flu, the importance of prevention, and available vaccine options, including those specifically created for seniors.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--Volunteers return to kickoff site for lunch
Please visit our Donate Now page. Under "Use my gift to benefit" select "home modifications," and under "What prompted you to donate?" select "Safe at Home."
Due to an abundance of volunteers, registration for this year's Safe at Home event is now closed.