One in every three individuals age 65 or older will suffer from a fall. These falls result in injuries as minor as a scratch but can be much worse resulting in hip fractures, head injuries and in some cases even death. Understanding who is at risk for falling and what steps to take to help prevent falls from occurring can be potentially life saving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults and 20 to 30 percent of falls result in moderate to severe injuries.
The risk of falling increases with age and individuals 75 and older who suffer from a fall are more than 4 times as likely to be admitted into an elder care facility, if they are not currently residing in one.
Though the outcomes of falls can be devastating, the risk of falling can be decreased with a few simple interventions. Scientists have linked a number of personal risk factors to falling. The greatest risk for falling, resulting in nearly 30 percent of all falls are accidents and a person’s environment. Many extrinsic factors such as bad lighting, staircases and uneven surface can be corrected to help eliminate falls. These are just a few of the many risk factors the elderly face on a daily basis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it is estimated that every 14 seconds a senior citizen is treated for injuries caused by a fall, every 29 minutes one of them dies following a fall. That means that more than 5,000 fall-related injuries occur everyday in the United States and every year more than 2 million older individuals are admitted to the hospital for treatment.
In 2012 it was reported that fall injuries cost over $36 billion and this number is expected to rise by $20 billion in the next six years.
The graphic below shows the percentages of fatal and non-fatal fall injuries that occur in adults 65 and older.
Other Risks Include:
- Gait/Balance Issues
- Weak Muscles or Fragile Bones
- Vision Problems
- Certain Medications
Aging naturally causes bones to get weaker and more brittle, which may lead to weaker body support. Kirkman’s 60 to 90 Bone Health Advanced Formula is specially formulated to support strong bones and teeth and help maintain and/or improve bone strength for seniors. There is evidence in human intervention studies that vitamins K and D, a classic in bone metabolism, work synergistically to improve bone health. Boron is also included based on studies that indicate that boron improves body stores of calcium and magnesium and improves bone density. Boron accomplishes this by aiding the body’s retention of these minerals and limiting their urinary excretion.
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