September 22nd is National Falls Prevention Day and September is Fall Prevention Month. This issue is highlighted for an entire month and a specific day. Why is this topic so important in senior care?
Facts on Fall Prevention from National Council on Aging
- Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the hospital for a fall.
- Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
- In 2013 the cost of fall injuries was $34 billion, with outlooks of over $67 billion in 2020.
- In 2013, about 25,500 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries, 2.5 million were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal falls, and more than 734,000 were hospitalized.
We’ve all fallen in our lives, as kids and as adults. We’ve lost our balance or tripped over an object – it seems like a normal thing that happens. As we become older, the consequences are greater. Our strength, balance, flexibility and ability to bounce back after a fall decrease significantly.
We can make all the right decisions in terms of healthy living. Eating healthy, nutritious food that supports body and mind. Utilizing exercise ideas for seniors to build and maintain strength and stamina to get the most out of our days.
But, without the proper precautions, a fall could mean going from full independence to needing constant care, overnight.
According to the National Council on Aging, among people who fall, 20 to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, and head traumas. These injuries can make it difficult to get around or live independently, and they increase the risk of early death.
How LifeLinks Can Help
Helping loved ones keep their independence, maintaining their safety and advocating for them to get assessments and review medications with doctors is what we do. To discuss your loved ones risk for falling, call us today at 844-546-5748.