White Plains, NY (PRWEB) September 19, 2011
One out of three people over the age of 65 falls at least once a year. According to the CDC, the direct and indirect cost of injuries from falls is expected to reach $54.9 billion by 2020! These statistics make fall awareness and prevention essential for older adults and the people in their lives. Lifefone supports proactive fall prevention initiatives and is offering a free guide to understand why people fall as they age, how you can reduce your risk and what you can do to minimize injuries and the impact to your long-term help if and when you do fall.
Why is falling such a large concern?
The Mayo Clinic reports that nearly one half of the older adults injured in a fall never fully recover and many lose their ability to function independently for the rest of their lives. A good proportion of them end up in nursing homes, making falls and the injuries that result one of the most substantial health threats facing older adults.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), falls are a significant health problem among older adults. Consider the following facts:
- Among those age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
- In 2007, over 18,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.
- The death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade.
- In 2009, 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 581,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
How can you reduce the risk of falls?
As we age, the risk of falls increases, but there are ways to prevent it from being inevitable. Lifefone's guide, Home Safety Checklist offers ideas on steps to take in the home. Visit Caregiver Connections for additional tips.
Taking care of yourself and your surroundings is paramount to addressing the concerns of falling. In this Fall Prevention Guide, there are answers to frequently asked questions. Included are suggestions on how to better manage your health and tips to improve your safety at home to prevent a fall. And if a fall should occur, the guide will help you learn what you can do to minimize the impact and get help quickly.
Contact Lifefone to request your complimentary copy of FALLS: WHY THEY HAPPEN AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT by calling 1-888-687-0451.
LifeFone has been providing personal emergency response service to seniors for over 35 years. We are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and are recognized by the National Council on the Aging, the National Stroke Association, Web MD, and the National Institute of Senior Citizens. For more information on how we can help you prepare against the risks of falling or to request a complimentary copy of our guide, contact info(at)lifefone(dot)com or call 1-888-687-0451.