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.
Community Member Announcement:
CICOA will host the 5th Annual Safe at Home event on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. CICOA needs your help to identify homeowners in the North East Community in Marion County (zip codes 46205 and 46218) to participate in the upcoming event. To be eligible, homeowners must:
- Be at least 60 years old
- Own their home
- Have a monthly income of less than $2,327 for an individual or less than $3,152 for a two-person household.
- Live within the targeted neighborhood boundaries.
For more information, please contact Patric McDowell at (317) 803-6079. All interested participants will be screened by CICOA. The deadline to receive applications is April 30.
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."