More that one-third of people 65 and over and one in two over 80 fall every year.
“Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and most common cause of injuries and hospital admission for traumas,” according to the Falls Free Coalition. And the number of these is expected to increase as the boomer generation ages.
Falls can happen as a result of simple household accidents, due to certain health conditions, such as arthritis, poor balance or Parkinson’s or can be a side effect of a medication.
The American Geriatrics Society has issued a two-page “tip” sheet listing some of the key steps to take to avoid falls.
The first one is to inform your doctor if you fall so that the cause can be determined and appropriate action taken. There are also a number of ways to prevent accidental falls in one’s home.