If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do each year. A broken bone might not sound awful. But, for older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems.
If you take care of your overall health, you may be able to lower your chances of falling. Most of the time, falls and accidents don't "just happen."
Medical Factors that Increase the Chance of a Fall
Medical factors that contribute to falls among seniors include:
Environmental Hazards That Play Major Contributing Roles in Falls
These Precautions Can Help Minimize the Risk of Falls:
Falls are the most common cause of injuries among senior citizens and the top reason for a hospital admission for trauma. Advanced age substantially increases the likelihood of hospitalization after a fall. Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people aged 65 years or older.
For seniors, fractures are the most serious consequence of falls (short of death). The most common bones to fracture in falls are:
You might want to think about getting a home-monitoring system. Usually, you wear a button on a chain around your neck. If you fall or need emergency help, you push the button to alert the service. You can find local “medical alarm” services in your yellow pages. Most medical insurance companies and Medicare do not cover home-monitoring systems. Be sure to ask about costs. Also, you need to be more careful at night to avoid falls. Put night lights and light switches close to your bed. Keep your telephone near your bed.
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