Falls in the elderly. What you need to know

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Falls in the elderly is almost an epidemic. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.

Among older adults (those 65 or older), falls are the leading cause of injury death. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
A study done by Colorado State University found:

  • The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men.
  • Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  • A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries.
  • Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility.
  • At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home.

In this weeks episode we will look at common causes of falls and explore ways to prevent them.

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