Seniors and Falls: What to Know

Seniors and Falls: What to Know

Falls among seniors can be, unfortunately, quite common and are a significant concern because they can lead to serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 37 million adults 65+ suffer preventable falls every year.

Here are some quick Fall Facts you should be aware about:

  • Every second of every day, an older adult suffers a fall in the U.S.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling
  • Each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in the ER due to a fall injury
  • 1 out of every 5 falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • 60% of all falls happen in the home

But, the good news is is that falls are preventable! With the right tools, like one of our mobility products and making the right adjustments to your home, you can lower the risk of falling.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you’re starting to feel uneasy about your balance, speaking to your doctor is important. They can discuss what measures to take that works for your situation. Whether its adjusting your medications or investing in a stair lift to help you get from floor to floor in your home, they will point you in the right discussion and have an honest conversation about it.

Continue Getting Check Ups

It’s important to continue to get regular check ups, and not only with your primary doctor. Eye check ups and foot check ups can prevent certain diseases or conditions from arising.

Stay Active

This no-brainer helps keep muscles and joints healthy and strong as well as keeps balance — which contributes to falls.

Make Home Safer

Clearing spaces of cords, clutter and rugs help keep seniors safe at home. Check out this blog post and this one containing a list of things you can do to help keep your home fall-free.

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