A lot of people think that falling is an inevitable part of getting older. Not so. While you can’t do much about aging, there are a lot of other fall risk factors that you can do something about. In other words falls can be prevented, and they should be, especially among the elderly.
Not all falls result in injury, but the older you are the more serious a fall can be. Every year, “2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most often these include broken bones and head injuries. Even when someone doesn’t get hurt, a fall can lead to a fear of falling that causes them to move around less. This lack of activity often leads to a decline in general health and strength, further increasing their risk of falling. [Read more…]