From the time we learn to toddle, and for the rest of our lives, we are susceptible to falling. Inherently, two legged animals are less stable than other animals that walk on all fours. When we reach old age, the damage that can be done to our bodies from a fall is much greater.
In 2005, nearly 8,000 deaths, and 56,000 hospitalizations, of U.S. residents 65 and older were caused by traumatic brain injuries that were a result of a fall. Hospital stays were about equal for both sexes, however, more men than women die from falling. It takes from two to six days to recover in a hospital, at a cost somewhere between $16,000 and $19,000. The older one is, the less likely one will recover.
Getting and being older are not the cause of falling. By maintaining good health and exercising regularly balance, strength, flexibility and coordination can be kept at the maximum.
If you have bouts of dizziness or vertigo, it is wise to speak to your doctor. It may be caused by one drug or an interaction of two or more drugs. Be sure your eye glasses are the right prescription too.
An older person who falls is in danger of a hip fracture. In many of the worst cases, a hip fracture can be the cause of death. One out of four people who have fallen pass away every year. Everything that we can do to minimize falls should be done.
Since most falls occur at home, it is also imperative to make sure that the paths that you walk in your home are free of obstacles, clutter and furniture. It’s also very important to install grab bars in the bathtub/shower and by the toilet. Grab Bars can be placed near the bed or seating. Besides these simple improvements, make sure that there are no slippery throw rugs, telephone wires and electric cords that may get in the way. Also, be sure that lighting is adequate, especially on dark trips from the bedroom to the bathroom.
Walkers, Canes, and Rollator Walkers are all useful for individuals who are potentially unstable, and may be prone to falling. These products can help prevent falling, and if a fall occurs, help the individual stand up again. A full range of products to help prevent falling are available in our web store. If you have any questions,
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