Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Most falls can be prevented. You have the power to reduce the risk of fall-related injuries.
Please consider how Mid America Balance Institute may be a part of your solution.
Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls
- Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall. -National Council on Aging
- Balance Disorders may lead to other problems including fatigue, difficulty walking, or disinterest in everyday and leisure activities. If you have a balance problem, take it seriously. Talk to your doctor about what happens when the dizziness or imbalance occurs. -Vestibular Disorders Association
- The most profound effect of falling is the loss of functioning associated with independent living.
- 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.
- When an older person falls, their hospital stays are almost twice longer than those of older patients who are admitted for any other reason.
- Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas.
- Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again withing six months.
- In 2008, 82% of fall deaths were among people 65 and older.
- Seniors are hospitalized for fall-related injuries 5 times more often than they are hospitalized for other health concerns.
The facts above are from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To learn more about your balance and how to prevent falls, contact us at 816-246-1456.