CDC findings show that many elderly people who fall, even when they are not injured, develop a fear of falling, which may cause them to limit their activities
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, one in every three adults age 65 or older falls and suffers injuries. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries and in 2010 alone, 2.3 million injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized, according to the CDC. Also during that year, the direct medical cost of falls was $30 billion, the report states.
According to CDC, the most common injuries suffered by seniors when they take a fall include traumatic brain injuries or head injuries, hip injuries, fractures, lacerations and back injuries. Common fractures that result from these incidents include fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand, the report states. CDC findings show that many elderly people who fall, even when they are not injured, develop a fear of falling, which may cause them to limit their activities.
New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm, who represents victims of slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall injuries, says it is very much possible to avoid these types of accidents, which end up causing the elderly their mobility and independence. "A number of these accidents occur in homes as well as in care facilities such as nursing homes or assisted living centers. When the right safety measures are taken the probability of such an accident happening can be significantly reduced."
Here are five tips Wilhelm offers to help prevent fall accidents involving the elderly:
- Wear shoes that have proper tread and grip. If you are using devices such as walkers or canes, make sure they are properly fitted and that you are aware of how and when to use them.
- Make sure that you get your vision checked and wear the right prescription glasses.
- Review all your medications with your doctor. If a medication can make you drowsy, you should not walk after taking it.
- Maintain good physical fitness by regularly doing exercises that can maintain or improve your balance, flexibility and strength.
- Make sure that your living space is conducive for walking by improving lighting, keeping spaces clear of debris and removing slippery rugs or mats that can cause you to lose your footing.
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