Keep on Your Feet
Learn how to reduce your risk of falling by reading the CDC’s Stay Independent brochure and filling out the questionnaire; if you score four or more points, you may be at a higher risk of falling. Click here for more information on how to stay safe and independent for longer.
Have your eyes checked every year and update your glasses if necessary. Talk to your doctor about proper footwear. Do you get dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up? The CDC’s Postural Hypotension PDF icon[PDF u2013 2,224 KB]brochure can help you manage these symptoms.
Make Your Home Safe
Remove trip hazards, install grab bars in the bathroom, and install handrails and lights on all stairwells. Use the Check for Safety brochure to help you identify and eliminate other fall hazards in your home.
How many elderly people have falls?
Millions of older peopleu2014those aged 65 and upu2014fall each year; in fact, more than one out of every four older people falls each year, sup>1/sup> but only half report it to their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
What percentage of seniors fall?
Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, with approximately 9,500 deaths each year. Falls are reported by one-third of all people over the age of 65, and two-thirds of those who fall will fall again within six months. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, with approximately 9,500 deaths each year.
What percentage of adults over 65 have a fall each year?
Falls are unfortunately common, with one in every four Americans over the age of 65 falling each year, according to the National Council on Aging.
Is it common for elderly to fall?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every four Americans aged 65 and older falls each year, making them more likely to not only fall but also sustain injuries.
What is the most common cause of falls in the elderly?
Illnesses and physical conditions can affect your strength and balance, and poor lighting and throw rugs in your home can cause you to trip or fall.
What to watch for after an elderly person falls?
After a fall, there are eight things doctors should look into.
- A blood pressure and pulse reading while sitting and standing.
- Blood tests.
- Medications review.
- Gait and balance.
- Vitamin D level.
- Evaluation for underlying heart conditions or neurological conditions.
Where do seniors fall the most?
Where do the majority of elderly people fall?
- 60 percent of falls happen in the home
- 30% happen in a community setting (for example, while shopping or walking down the street)
- 10% happen in a health care facility such as a hospital, clinic, or nursing/rehabilitation facility.
How long do seniors live after a fall?
According to Cheng’s research, 4.5 percent of elderly patients (aged 70 and up) died after a ground-level fall, compared to 1.5 percent of non-elderly patients.
Why can’t elderly get up after a fall?
Even falls that don’t result in immediate injury can be disastrous if you don’t know what to do. Of course, it’s not uncommon for seniors to be unable to get up for a variety of reasons, including injury, stiff joints, weak muscles, and a variety of other factors.
When would someone falling become a cause for concern?
Any fall that results in an injury, no matter how minor, is cause for concern and should be treated right away. Injuries may appear minor at first, but gradual or sudden changes in health or behavior are significant indicators that an injury warrants further investigation.
What are the most serious consequences of a fall in the elderly?
Fractures are the most serious consequence of falls for seniors (short of death). The hip, femur (thigh bone), pelvis, and vertebrae (spine) are the most common bones to fracture in falls.
What should you look for after a fall?
Getting medical help as soon as possible after a fall can help you avoid long-term injuries, chronic pain, or even death.
- Obvious swelling.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Loss of balance.
- Back pain.
At what age are you considered elderly?
According to the Social Security Administration, 9 out of 10 people over the age of 65 are eligible for Social Security benefits, and 65 is the legal age at which U.S. citizens are considered seniors.
What does it mean when an elderly person keeps falling?
Because they may have: balance problems and muscle weakness. vision loss. a long-term health condition, such as heart disease, dementia, or low blood pressure (hypotension), which can cause dizziness and a brief loss of consciousness, older people are more likely to fall.
How do you stop elderly from falling?
Experts in senior care offer the following tips for avoiding falls at home:
- Remove or repair tripping hazards.
- Install grab bars and handrails.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing.
- Light it properly.
- Wear shoes.
- Make it nonslip.
- Live on one level.