Preventing Kansas City Seniors From Falling – What Caregivers Need To Know.
Falls by the elderly are a real concern as our population ages. The CDC published statistics in Feb. 2012 showing a significant increase in the number of falls for the age group of 75 and older.
Rate* of Nonfatal, Medically Consulted Fall Injury Episodes,† by Age Group
* Per 1,000 population. † Annualized rates of injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted either in person or by telephone for advice or treatment. An injury episode refers to a traumatic event in which the person experienced one or more injuries from an external cause. § Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population. ¶ 95% confidence interval.Source: Adams PF, Martinez ME, Vickerie JL, Kirzinger WK. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2010. Vital Health Stat 2011;10(251).
Sometimes your loved one isn’t even aware that they are becoming unsteady until it is too late. One fall can rob your loved one of his/her independence and dignity if the fall results in a long-term injury like a broken hip.