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The bad news is falls in Minnesota have been increasing. The good news is there are easy ways you can reduce an adult’s risk of falling.

A quick proven screening is an easy first step in detecting those at risk and reducing falls and the major injuries that can result from falling. Screening adults is easy and manageable for professionals to do, just by asking the right questions.

Ask the following three questions of adults regularly:

Having a major fall can change one’s life forever. It could mean giving up living a full independent life. Learn the many ways you can keep Minnesotans right side up.

Turning Falls in Minnesota Right Side Up

Minnesota had the 5th highest fall death rate in the US in 2009 at 14.03/100,000; nearly two times the US rate of 8.08. Minnesota’s fall death rate continues to rise.

Why Can’t Minnesotans Stay Upright?

Anyone can fall although more often falls occur in adults. Falls are often the result of many factors related to the individual and his or her environment.

Individual Risk Factors
Not Modifiable Modifiable
Older age Muscle weakness
Female Gait and balance problems
Chronic diseases Vision problems
Mentally impaired Psychoactive medications

Environmental Risk Factors
Not Modifiable Modifiable
Cold temperatures Clutter in walkways
Uneven pavement No stair railings or grab bars
Poor public space designs Loose rugs
  Dim lighting

Prevention of Falls in Older Persons AGS/BGS Clinical Practice Guidelines available at:

Aging Services of Minnesota Falls Prevention & Reduction Champion’s Toolkit

Minnesota Hospital Association Call to Action Safe from FALLS

Falls, Wandering, and Physical Restraints:  Interventions for Residents with Dementia in Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

Content for the Professional pages of the Minnesota Falls Prevention website was written in partnership with Gregory J. Hanson, M.D. and Ericka E. Tung M.D., MPH, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine.