Promoting Fall Awareness in not just a Season
Setting Fall Prevention to coincide with the beginning of Autumn (Fall) is clear evidence that the USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention personnel have a sense of humor.
Fall prevention does not have a season, it has a mindset. Most senior adults are determined to remain in the community however hazards at home and in our neighborhoods, increase the likelihood of falling. Fall costs are staggering according to CDC statistics:
● One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
● Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
● Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
● Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
● More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,7 usually by falling sideways.
● Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
● Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually, hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
All of us can participate in fall prevention:
1. Report tripping hazards in the community such as broken sidewalks, trash, tree roots, loose handrails and other unexpected changes in walkways that a senior with poor eyesight may miss.
3. Stop, look and listen to your loved ones who may lack awareness of their personal fall risk due to medication side effects, muscle weakness, poor vision and other health factors where their primary care physician should be notified.
4. Engage a home safety consultant to assess the daily fall risks.
To learn more about how you can help prevent costly and painful falls, please click on the links highlighted within this article. Together we can create a safe environment to age in place.