NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Older Americans Month, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has launched a new series of videos on preventing dangerous, unintentional falls among seniors with vision loss. This year's theme for Older Americans Month -- "Living Today for a Better Tomorrow" -- reflects the Administration on Aging's (AoA) focus on prevention efforts and programs throughout the country that are helping older adults have better health as they age and avoid the risks of chronic disease, disability, and injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults aged 65 and older fall each year in the United States. People with vision loss are almost twice as likely to experience multiple falls as those with normal vision.
"Though vision problems increase your risk of falling, there are a number of things seniors can do to stay safe at home," said Judy Scott, Director of the AFB Center on Vision Loss. "For example, regular exercise like tai chi helps balance, and improving the lighting in your home makes it easier to see your surroundings."
The video series, Preventing Falls by Adapting Your Home, suggests simple and inexpensive changes to a home that can dramatically lessen the chances of a dangerous fall. The videos, created with the help of the
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The American Foundation for the Blind created AFB Senior Site (www.afb.org/seniorsite) to help older Americans and their family members cope with age-related eye diseases -- a growing public health problem in this country. Eye experts say that by the year 2030, rates of vision loss from conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are expected to double as the nation's 78 million baby boomers reach retirement age.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at www.afb.org.
|SOURCE American Foundation for the Blind|
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