The risks of falling with senior citizens
Article by Trisha Kellogg
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 seniors fall every year resulting in 90% of senior citizen hip fractures. Of these seniors who fall, and this is the scary part… 60% of them die from complications. (Murphy 2000).
The risk of falling increases with age and falling is the number one cause of injury in adults over 65. These numbers are cause for great concern, but awareness and prevention can help decrease the likelihood of falls in the senior citizen years.
With the elderly, It is important to recognize factors that contribute to falls. They include: change in eye site, lack of strength or physical ailments, changes in medication or dosages, poor lighting, stairs, throw rugs, small objects lying around the house, and other risk factors that add to the list.
How can you prevent the risk of falling for yourself or loved-one? First, you need to assess the living situation. Does the house or apartment have stairs? If possible, opt for housing that is one level or requires little use of stairs. If this is not an option, make sure there are handrails to assist in climbing the stairs. Also, put handrails near the toilet and shower in each bathroom. Next, exchange house slippers for well- gripped shoes, remove loose throw rugs or tape them down, and tack down carpet edges.
You will also want to keep all wiring or electrical cords out of walkways and keep living areas well-light. In addition to the aforementioned, make sure all surfaces around the house are even. Fill any cracks in the sidewalks or driveway and remove unsteady porch swings or benches.
Taking care of you or your senior loved-one’s health will also decrease the chance of falling. Set up hearing and eye appointments every year to check for changes or any indicators of concern…
Have a health professional review all medications. Some medication combinations can make one dizzy or cause other serious issues. Also several medications may be less effective as the body ages.
Finally, consult you or your loved-one’s physician about a regular exercise program. Exercise will increase both strength and stamina, which decreases the likelihood of falls. Physical activity also helps improve coordination and balance.
With age comes the risk of falls and falls can lead to serious injury or death. Improving health and being aware of potential hazards will help ease the mind of you or your loved-one.
Trisha KelloggSunshine Gardens Senior Communitywww.sgwseniors.com … feel free to contact me here:[email protected]
About the Author
Trisha Kellogg is the customer relationship director for Sunshine Gardens Assisted Living Facilities in Durango, Colorado. She is also the moderator for the Senior Citizen Assisted Living Blog organization, which also offers a FREE, complimentary report regarding assisted living insights, guidelines, alternatives and cost comparisons.
http://www.DurangoSeniors.org. Her direct phone is 970-385-4090. mailto:[email protected]