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Why are falls so dangerous for the elderly?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2020 | Firm News |

While you could sustain an injury in a slip-and-fall accident at any age, these incidents are particularly damaging as you age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls result in hospitalization for 800,000 seniors per year due to a fall injury. 

These injuries often include hip fractures, 95% of which occur in falls. Falls are also the leading causes of serious brain injuries, which can have a devastating effect on the elderly. 

Factors that increase the risk of falling

As a senior, you are more susceptible to falls if you experience certain medical conditions or disorders. This includes problems with balance and mobility, which weakness in the lower extremities or chronic pain conditions can cause. 

Medications that induce drowsiness and disorientation may also make it difficult for you to remain upright and stable when walking. Poor vision is another concern, as diminished eyesight can make it difficult to see any hazards in front of you. 

Issues that may cause falls

Along with the above risk factors, your surrounding environment can also increase your chance of a damaging fall. When vision problems are an issue, lighting within buildings plays a role in keeping you safe. If an area is dim or poorly lit, chances are high that you will have issues navigating it successfully. 

Defects in flooring or stairs are also a concern. Broken stairs can lead to serious injuries, particularly when a fall occurs outside. Along with cracked and damaged flooring, the presence of clutter on the floor or along a walkway is also dangerous. This highlights the importance of maintaining an intact, uncluttered environment, which can boost your safety and well-being.