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How Common Are Falls Among Older Adults?

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Falls are a significant health concern for many older adults. Difficulties with vision, movement, and balance can lead to a fall that causes serious injury or even death. If you have a family member that needs help getting safely around the home, Palms of Pasadena offers a variety of home care options in the St. Petersburg area.

Falls Among Older Adults: Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one out of three adults (33%) over the age of 65 experiences a fall. These falls are the leading cause of both nonfatal and fatal injuries among older adults, as well as the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Twenty to thirty percent of falls cause serious injuries that also include lacerations and broken bones, such as the hips, forearms, legs, spine, and hands. As of 2010, more than two million older adults received emergency care in a hospital ER for a fall and unintentional falls were the cause of death in 21,000 cases. The total cost of healthcare associated with falls in 2010 was approximately $30 billion.

Falls Among Older Adults: Prevention

Because falls are so common among older adults, it’s essential to take steps to prevent them. You can help an older loved one address physical limitations by having his vision and balance checked. Corrective eyewear and assistive mobility devices can allow more confident movement in the home. Eliminating tripping hazards in the home is also important. Make sure the floors are clear of clutter and electrical cords; placing non-slip mats in kitchens and bathrooms can also help to provide much-needed traction. Many falls occur in the bathroom—installing grab bars provides the assistance an older adult needs to move safely in this area.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital is a leading healthcare provider in St. Pete Beach. Our hospital services include emergency care, orthopedic care, pain management, rehab services, and home health care options. If you’d like more information for yourself or a loved one, contact us by calling (855) 245-8328 or visit us on the web.

 

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