Slip and Fall accidents are no joke.
Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.
- One-third of Canadians aged 65+ fall each year.
- Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
- Falls result in millions of injuries that are treated in emergency departments annually, including over 100,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.
- The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages.
- The death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade.
How can older adults prevent falls?
Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in their homes.
Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
Ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines—both prescription and over-the-counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
To lower their hip fracture risk, older adults can:
• Get adequate calcium and vitamin D—from food and/or from supplements •
• Do weight-bearing exercises •
• Get screened and, if needed, treated for osteoporosis •
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