Seniors and the Danger of Accidental Falls
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. New York Times has reported that every 19 minutes an older person will die from a fall in the United States. According to the CDC, in a calendar year 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65 experience falls. A typical fall suffered by a younger person could prove extremely dangerous for older adults. In fact, one in five falls by elders results in a serious injury; older people also find it far more difficult to recover from the trauma physically and emotionally. A frequent consequence of falls is the immediate fear that they may fall again. For this reason they may choose to limit their daily activities and socially isolate themselves, only to further damage their physical and mental wellbeing.
The primary cause for falls is the decline in balance and muscle strength as you age. Other factors that play a part include worsening eyesight and hearing.
What can you do to minimize the risk of falling?
Regular exercise to maintain leg strength, balance, endurance and coordination that helps you ‘catch yourself’ should you lose your balance. Visit our balance testing page for more information regarding preferred exercise routines.
Get eyes checked regularly; blurry vision can cause significant stumbles. Ensure that if your vision is poor to correct it with lenses.
Regular checkups for your hearing; being startled by sudden noises close to you has been known to cause falls.
Get rid of clutter; items that obstruct your path at home.
Use footwear that is appropriate; good grip when walking outside when winter; no socks inside.