Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the elderly population (over 65 years) in the U.S. However, falls are not considered to be a normal part of aging. The adverse impact of falls can be severe in terms of injuries with long-term consequences, loss of independence or mobility, increase in health expenditure, and psychological fears and anxieties.
The Fall Prevention Awareness Day is on September 22nd this year. And many states in the U.S. have designated a Fall Prevention Awareness Week (the week between September 20-September 28, 2021). During this week, it might be helpful to remember again that falls are more common than one might think and steps can be taken to reduce risks and/or prevent them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others studies have highlighted the need to invest resources in fall prevention. A few statistics and insights from these studies include the following:
Though most older adults want to age in place, many of them report not having the home modifications to make their living spaces safe and appropriate to deal with the consequences of aging, including reducing risks of falling.
Let this year’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week serve as an incentive to secure the living spaces by carrying out a home assessment for potential risks for an elder, disabled loved one.
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