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How to Protect Deadly Older Adult Falls

Seniors Fall Prevention

The rate of deaths after falls is rising for people over 75, a new study shows. But falls are avoidable for most seniors. We have some tips.

As the population ages, the number of older Americans who died following a fall is rising. A study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA found that for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016. These results were analyzed form the records maintained by the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 2016, the rate of death from falls for people 75 and older was 111 per 100,000 people, they found. In 2000, that rate was 52 per 100,000 people. Some interesting facts that came arose from these findings:

  • older adults are on medications that increase their risk of falling.
  • women are slightly more likely to fall than men,
  • but men are slightly more likely to die as a result of a fall.

Although the trend is disturbing, falls needn’t be an inevitable part of aging, and they are preventable. The biggest risk factor for falling is age, but some measures we can take to control this are:

Exercise Regularly

The CDC maintains a compendium of recommended exercises that includes tai chi.

Medications, especially those that help with sleep, can compromise balance.

Eyesight is a crucial component when it comes to falls. Avoid bifocal or progressive lenses when walking outside.

Adjust your footwear, NO HIGH HEELS!

Use a WALKER if required.

The accumulated clutter of a lifetime can be lethal. Get rid of small scatter rugs in your home, and eliminate extension cords that stretch across a floor.

Hydration is a good way to fight dizziness, drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Consider installing sensors and using home automation devices to better control and manage your home life. And if in the event you still fall, make sure you have an emergency response system that works in an emergency!