Falls don’t just happen to the elderly, but that population is more likely to experience a life-altering injury as the result of a tumble.
The risk of a fall is different for each person—it may be physical or it can be environmental. Falls Prevention Day is Sept. 21, a designated time to bring about awareness and encourage people to make helpful changes for and with loved ones and possibly save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of three older people—those 65 and older—fall each year, but less than half tell their doctor.
The statistics on falls are worrisome:
There can be many physical reasons that a person becomes susceptible to falling as they age.
Here, There and Everywhere
The other cause of falls can be the environment—from an icy sidewalk in winter to an electrical cord between the chair and the TV.
Consider these quick fixes to eliminate tripping hazards:
Check some of the many resources available to help reduce the number of falls each year. The National Council on Aging offers information on their website.
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