Falls Among Older Adults

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 27, 2014

The statistic used on our website regarding falling and older adults is from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here’s the passage: “In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.”


The same webpage contains some other disturbing statistics:


“Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.”

And what is the CDC’s first recommendation to prevent falling? “Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance.” Both of which are easily accomplished on a bellicon.

Here’s the link to the webpage: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

 

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