At Age Safe America we say, A Fall Changes Everything!
Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65. Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions. 50% of those admitted never return to their prior level of mobility or independence; and 25% will die within one year of an injury. And most of these falls happen in the home.
A fall can change one’s life in an instant. Resulting in broken arms, shoulders, legs, hips, spine, and pelvis, falls can cause one’s living situation to change from independence in the community, to needing caregivers in the home or care in a facility. Mobility is at least temporarily reduced, leading to other less desirable health outcomes. Anything we can do to lessen or eliminate these risks improve the safety and well-being of our loved ones. They will be able to remain independent longer, avoid some of the side effects of immobility, and enjoy their later years.
Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Fall Risk:
- Begin a regular exercise program.
- Review your medicines regularly.
- Have your vision checked annually.
- Make your home environment safer.
- Wear sturdy, nonskid shoes at all times.