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Preventing Falls on the First Day of Fall — And Every Day

September 20, 2017

The 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22, 2017: the first day of fall. This event — coordinated by the National Council on Aging — raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries.

Studies from several countries report that 50-70% of people with MS report falls within the past 2-6 months. About 30% of those individuals report falling multiple times, with injuries resulting from those falls.

Research is being done into falls:  
The Society supports people with MS in understanding risks and preventing falls:

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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