Risk of Falls

by Lois Etienne on January 25, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Every year, over 1.5 million older adults visit emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. The direct costs associated with fall injuries is almost $20 billion per year and are expected to increase to over $50 billion by 2020! And these figures don’t include the costs from the long-term effects such as disability, loss of independence and reduced quality of life.

Women are more likely to fall than men but men tend to die from the falls more often. And for those over 75, they are 4-5 times more likely to be admitted to a nursing home for a year or longer.

Falls are not just from aging. And the best way to reduce your risk from falls is regular exercise to build strength, balance and coordination. Tai chi, walking and weight lifting are all excellent exercises to combine to keep physically and mentally fit.

Other things to consider are reviewing medications, vision changes, proper lighting and osteoporosis. Next time we’ll talk about reducing the risk from a home safety aspect.

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