Falls among those 65 and over are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal, trauma-related injuries for this age group. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the National Council on Aging are uniting to reduce the number of falls in this population.
One-third of U.S. seniors fall every year according to the NCOA and more than 21,700 deaths occur. NCOA started The Falls Free Initiative as a national project aimed at reducing falls and the injuries surrounding frequent falls with those over 65.
The NCOA shares these statistics to build awareness of the problem.
• Injuries from falls take the life of an elderly person every 20 minutes.
• These are “baby boomer” years, and more than 10,000 people a day will turn 65.
• Every year, 2.5 million injuries are treated in the Emergency Rooms.
• Less than half of all seniors report their falls to their physicians.
• Costs associated with falls was estimated at $34 billion in 2013, but experts predict the total could reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
Here are Five Tips to Reduce Falls in Seniors
• Regular exercise to keep the core and limbs strong.
• Wearing prescribed eyewear and getting annual vision exams.
• Equipping homes with safety features including railings on stairways, mats and grab bars in tubs, toilets and showers.
• Added lighting throughout the house.
• Security alarms with one-button alerts
A fall can threaten a senior’s health, safety and independence and result in devastating economic and personal costs. If you or an older loved one, suffers from a fall caused by negligence in a public facility, get medical treatment and schedule a free consultation to discuss the details.