According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) each year, 1 in 3 adults 65 or older fall. In fact 2.2 million fall injuries among the elderly were treated in the ER departments in 2009, of which 30% suffered moderate to severe injuries such as hip fractures, spine fractures or head trauma. 70% of accidental deaths in the 75 and older age group resulted from falls.
Scary, right? Ok, let’s not panic just yet; I only use these statistics to demonstrate the severity and magnitude of a problem that quite frankly can be prevented. If you’re reading this article and are thinking to yourself that could be me, or my parents, or a loved one, then we’re getting somewhere because the first step is to identify anyone in your life that is at risk for falls. So let’s identify some of these risks:
Some of these risk factors are just the reality of aging, an not necessarily in our control. However, counseling our seniors and their families and loved once on measures to reduce the risk of falls is essential. These measures include:
Specific Home Modifications:
At Trinity Rehab, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of balance dysfunction and other physical dysfunction that may increase the risk of falls. Visit our locations page to find the New Jersey location closest to you and set up an appointment today!
By Michael Rizkalla, OTR/L,MLDT