The National Council on Aging has designated September 23rd as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults. Often minor and major falls can account for 40 percent of all trauma injuries seen in a typical hospital emergency department.
Considering those 65 years and older, falls account for 75 percent of visits to the hospital for trauma injuries. In the US, one in three Americans aged 65 years and older falls every year according to the National Council On Aging website. The risk rises as you get older.
Falls can often result in fractures of hips, legs, arms or the spine. Breaking a bone is a serious injury for anyone but even more of a concern for an older adult. The Seniors Info site lists twenty relevant articles on falls prevention in its safety and security section.
The outcomes from falls can be so devastating that it is certainly worth spending time on ways of preventing falls. Here are some of the most important:
- Make changes to your home environment to cut the risk of falling
- Understand your personal medical limitations and the side effects of medications you are taking
- Stay active and strong
- .Do exercises that will improve balance and stability while walking.
To quote Benjamin Franklin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.