In a recent study published by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) one out of three seniors 65 and older experience a fall each year. Of these falls, one out of five are reported to result in serious injury such as a broken bone or head trauma. Adult children often ignore doctors and social workers that suggest seeking immediate help for their elderly parents after a single fall but the statistics certainly justify their sentiments. In fact, the study goes on to relate that falling once nearly doubles one’s chances of falling again and the probability of future falls increase exponentially from there. Consider some surprising statistics related to senior falls.
1) Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months.
2) The risk of falling is greater for women than for men and increases with age.
3) An average of 9,500 deaths in older Americans are associated with falls each year.
4) Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.
5) Of those aged 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture.
6) Of those aged 85 and older, one out of every 10 falls result in a hip fracture
7) Over 250,000 seniors 65 or older are hospitalized with hip fractures annually
8) Of those seniors who fracture a hip from a fall, one-fourth of them will die within six months of the injury.
9) More than half of all fatal falls involve people 75 or over.
10) Doctors report that the most profound effect of a fall is diminished functioning associated with independent living.
It’s been said that sometimes the best way to win a battle is to avoid fighting the battle at all. Such can be said for senior falls as well. Avoiding falls can be achieved by close and regular assessment of how your parent is getting along independently and maintaining open and honest communication. If your loved one has experienced a fall recently and you have been considering a discussion about assisted living, plan early and consider your approach. Transitions Assisted Living who specializes in assisted living Phoenix, AZ, has published this comprehesive article to help you approach the subject with your loved one: How To Talk To Your Parent About Assisted Living. Make the decision today to help your loved one avoid the pain and suffering of an accidental fall.