September 22nd is National Falls Prevention Day
Why is this important?
•Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the hospital for a fall.
•Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
•In 2013 the cost of fall injuries was $34 billion, with outlooks of over $67 billion in 2020.
•In 2013, about 25,500 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries, 2.5 million were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal falls, and more than 734,000 were hospitalized.
Facts from National Council on Aging
We've all fallen in our lives, as kids and as adults. We've lost our balance or tripped over an object - it seems like a normal thing that happens. As we become older, the consequences are greater. Our strength, balance, flexibility and ability to bounce back after a fall decrease significantly.
According to the National Council on Aging, among people who fall, 20 to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, and head traumas. These injuries can make it difficult to get around or live independently, and they increase the risk of early death.
How LifeLinks Can Help
Helping loved ones keep their independence, maintaining their safety and advocating for them to get assessments and review medications with doctors is what we do. To discuss your loved ones risk for falling, call us today at 844-546-5748.
For more information on Falls Prevention, review the 6 STEPS FOR PREVENTING FALLS.