The most common cause of injury in our older population is falling. About 30%-50% of falls in the elderly result in minor injuries, including bruises, abrasions, and lacerations, but an estimated 10% of all falls in seniors cause major injuries, including intracranial injuries (ICIs), fractures and death.
Normal changes to our bodies as we age also make falls more likely. Visual impairment or muscle weakness may also make it more difficult for an older person to prevent a fall. Older people may also have weaker muscles and stiffer joints, or may lose some of the feeling in their feet and legs. They're also slower to react and may have difficulty concentrating on more than one thing as they age.
Less than half of older people who fall tell their clinician they’ve had a fall.
A fall can be an indication of a new and potentially serious medical condition that needs treatment. Even if you’re pretty sure your loved one just tripped and stumbled, a good evaluation can uncover issues that made those trips and stumbles more likely.
We would recommend that all of our older clients and their families review this free government publication. In addition, please see our section on exercise.
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