How tragic it is to see an active person disabled by a fall.  But it is common.  It is an unnecessary tragedy because most falls can be prevented.  Preventing a fall needs to be the #1 priority of every aging adult. If you need some information to persuade the elder in your life to be cautious and use assistive devices or make changes in the home to prevent a fall, read on: Among those age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of INJURY DEATH. Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls: fractures of the spine, hip, leg, forearm, upper arm, ankle, pelvis, and hand. Falls are the most common cause of TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.   In 2000, TBI accounted for 46% of fatal falls among older adults. Falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions and 25% of all hospital admissions.  Forty percent of those nursing home admissions will never return to independent living and 25% will die within a year. About 30% of all adults age 65 and older fall each year.  The risk of falls increases with aging.  The 80 and over population sees over half fall annually. Twenty to 30% of all fallsRead More

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