April 16, 2023
Fall prevention can save your life
By Melinda O’Bier, PTA, Aquacare
It’s staggering to consider just how frequently adults and older Americans are affected by falls.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that each year, 1 in 4 adults 65 and older take a tumble, with 1 in 5 resulting in serious injury such as a broken bone or traumatic brain injury.
In fact, falls are the seventh leading cause of death among seniors aged 65 and up. But here is some good news – falls are preventable.
An astounding 13% of fall victims die within the first three months, with the rate rising to 24% within one year. We all need to act now to reduce the risk of falls in our older adult population.