Up to 30% of the time, they get injured in ways that have a huge impact on their lives. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
– make it hard for them to get around
– keep them from living independently
– increase their risk of early death.
It’s also really expensive to fall.
The CDC estimates that for people over 72, the AVERAGE cost of health care from a fall injury is $19,440. That includes hospital fees, nursing home costs, emergency room care, and home health services, but not the cost of doctor’s services.
Only part of that cost gets picked up by Medicare.
In short, a fall can have a catastrophic effect on your quality of life and it can be financially damaging.
Which is why preventing falls is so important.
For preventing falls, the CDC suggests:
– Getting more exercise. Tai Chi is particularly recommended because it helps with leg strength and balance. (Here are some Tai Chi videos specifically for seniors. You can also often find Tai Chi classes at your local senior center or rec center.)
– Reviewing your medications with your doctor of pharmacist.
– Having your eyes checked regularly and keeping your glasses up to date with your prescription.
– And making your home safer. Take away tripping hazards, add grab bars and handrails, and improve the lighting.
Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html and https://www.krislindahl.com/senior-home-improvements.php and http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/adultfalls.html