Falls are the first cause of accidental death for people over 65 years old. 

The alarming facts:

  • One in four older adults fall each year, but less than half seek medical care.
  • In 2002, an estimated 391,000 people globally died of injuries related to falls.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 29 million falls were reported among those 65+ and older in the U.S. in 2014, with roughly 7 million of these falls resulting in injuries.
  • The CDC predicts that by 2030 there will be 49 million falls reported in those 65 and older in the U.S. with 12 million resulting in injuries.

We offer a medical alert system (Admiral Protect) that has built in fall detection, which sends an alert to our monitoring center when a fall has been detected. For clients who have already had the unpleasant experience of falling it’s a great emergency alert device to have to minimize the damage a fall might cause. In addition to benefit being able to get help fast, we’d like to believe that wearing our Admiral Protect medical alert with fall detection acts as a constant reminder to users to be careful.

Unfortunately, the device can’t prevent a fall from occurring. In fact preventing falls isn’t easy, but that isn’t stopping a lot of very bright people from trying to come up with ways to help prevent falls. One current effort underway is a challenge being sponsored by AARP Services, Inc. and UnitedHealthcare named;

Challenge: How might we enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

This “challenge” is being hosted by OpenIDEO and sponsored by AARP Services, Inc. and UnitedHealthcare. They’re calling a community of all ages to action. Share your stories, reflections, interviews, and findings related to fall prevention during their Research phase. Then – collaboratively during an Ideas phase – create solutions that empower older adults to live their best possible life.

With help from the Challenge Sponsors, a shortlist of submitted ideas will move into a Refinement phase. The shortlist represents ideas that are most active and aligned with the Challenge Evaluation Criteria. However, all ideas are encouraged to continue progressing throughout the refinement phase

After an iterative Refinement phase, the Top Ideas from the challenge will be announced – a set of solutions that represent innovation and impact in the topic area.

There are some fascinating ideas being generated by the community and we encourage you to check them out and join in with your stories or ideas. Here’s a link to more information: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/research

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