Each year, over 1.6 of American seniors (age 65 and up) go to the emergency room because they are injured from a fall. Falls are the #1 cause of hospital admissions for trauma, of fractures, and of injury deaths.
These are the reported falls, mind you. There are assuredly millions of falls that do not lead to a emergency room visit. Not all falls require complex medical care, but they still impact lives, because falling is a frightening experience. Seniors fall, become afraid of a reoccurrence, and then tend to reduce activity and socializing. The outcome of this is often a decrease in physical strength and agility, making a next fall more likely.
Do you know the primary causes for falls? What to do if you fall? How to fall-proof your home? The National Insititutes of Health has “Falls and Older Adults” quizzes you can take to test your knowledge, as well as plenty of information on reducing your risk of falling. Click here to learn more.
One of the recommended measures for an older adult is a personal emergency response monitoring system. Wearing a device that has fall detection is a failproof way to summon help. There are also devices that offer a button that is pushed to alert caregivers and emergency services. If you spend time alone, having a medical alert can offer peace of mind, and you will be inclined to stay active and involved.
It all comes full circle. If you stay active and involved in life, you’ll tend to be a healthier and stronger person. The stronger and more agile you are, the less likely you are to fall. Be aware of the risks of falling and take measures to stay safe. Let’s get those emergency room statistics on seniors to drop off!
Source: NIH SeniorHealth