According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in older adults. Furthermore, one in four seniors over the age of 65 falls each year resulting in almost 3 million injuries that are treated in emergency rooms annually. And while many believe falls are an inevitable part of aging, with proper precautions put in place, the number of injuries from falls could be greatly reduced.
Myth #1: Men are more likely to fall.
This is a myth. Women are more likely to fall, as well as more likely to suffer from more serious fall-related injuries.
Myth #2: A fall is most likely the result of failing health or muscle deterioration.
There are a variety of reasons an elderly person may fall. Many falls occur from changes in vision, medications, poor lighting or objects obstructing a pathway.
Myth #3: Falling is simply a part of getting older.
No, seniors can work towards a life without falling. Seniors can take many different approaches to ensure a life without falls, and more importantly, injury.
Preventing Falls As You Age
While falls are the leading cause of injury in elderly adults, they don’t have to be in the future. Take these precautionary steps to avoid suffering a fall that could injure you or potentially be fatal