Fall Prevention Week will soon be upon us. This year, it falls on September 18-24. It’s designed to increase awareness of the high incidence of falls by seniors each year and provide information about how you can take some simple steps to protect your senior loved one from falling.
According to statistics compiled by the CDC, one in four aging adults falls annually, but fewer than half inform their doctor about the accident. For that aging loved one in your life, these fall-prevention tips could be the key to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
According to the American Family Physician, 70 percent of accidental deaths in those over the age of 75 are caused by falls. The falls that aren’t fatal often lead to one needing respite care or being placed in a nursing home. But thankfully, there are ways to keep yourself or your family member well-balanced and out of an elderly home.