Fall is upon us, which means that it’s a great time to talk about another type of fall – being injured in a fall. That’s why September is Fall Prevention Month.
Incredibly, one out of every four Americans experiences a fall each year. Every 11 minutes, an older person is treated in an emergency room for injuries received in a fall.
The good news is that almost all of these falls can be prevented.
Many injuries experienced in falls are minor, but some can be very serious and even disabling. Typical injuries are:
Additionally, after experiencing a serious fall, the victim often develops a fear of falling. This can cause even more injury because of a hesitating, faltering gait and weak bones from avoiding activities.
Risk Factors for Falls
It’s not just our senior citizens who are at risk of a fall. Anyone of any age can fall. Here are some of the primary risk factors:
Falls Can Be Prevented
Here’s how to reduce your risk of a fall or help a family member avoid falling:
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