Preventing Falls In The Elderly

Falls are the main cause of accidental injury in adults over 65 years old and account for 85% of hospitalizations1. Falls can lead to head injuries, bone fractures, and pain that can last for more than 6 months (also known as chronic pain). Not only do falls usually take time to physically recover from, but they may also affect the person’s confidence and make them more afraid to move around their home or climb stairs. Overall, falls can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life and their ability to live independently. This article will explain why falling is more common in older adults, identify risk factors for falls in the elderly, as well as discuss what to do if a loved one experiences a fall.

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