Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older. Of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. During 2010-2014, among Los Alamos residents 65 years and older, Los Alamos County had the 2nd highest fall-related death rate in New Mexico, 19 fall-related deaths, and there were 148 hospitalizations.

Los Alamos Medical Center in collaboration with Home Instead Senior Care®, The Los Alamos Fire Department, The New Mexico Department of Health, and The Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization have developed a Falls Prevention Coalition and are actively working towards educating and making the community aware of the fall prevention programs available to the public. Currently, the group is utilizing the Remembering When™ program developed by the National Fire Protection Agency.

The Remembering When™ program is a free fire and fall prevention program targeted to older adults with the goal of giving them tools to allow them to live at home safely for as long as possible.

To learn more about fall prevention, please contact the Los Alamos County Fall Prevention Coalition with questions: prevent.falls@lacnm.us or (505) 662-8924 and please review this free checklist provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.