Number of Fatal Falls in the Elderly Continues to Rise
Each year, approximately 25,000 individuals over the age of 75 will die as the result of a fall. Unfortunately, that number is expected to rise in the coming years, according to experts.
While it is not exactly clear why fall fatalities are increasing, one thing is for sure, the majority of these falls are preventable. Webmd.com’s article, Study: Older Americans are Dying More From Falls, encourages seniors and their loved ones to talk to their doctor about the danger of such falls.
One of the most effective ways to prevent falls in the elderly is for seniors to do weight-bearing exercises. Other preventive measures include a review of medications that cause low blood pressure or balance issues, getting a senior’s eyes tested and fall-proofing their living space.