Dangerous Falls in Older Adults are Increasing

Aug 2, 2018

Dangerous Falls in Older Adults are Increasing

As we grow older, many of us actually remodel our homes to be safer so that we won’t be at risk for falling. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 2016, almost 30,000 adults over the age of 65 died as the result of a fall. This means that over the past decade the rate of falls has increased by 31%.

What causes falls?

There are a number of things that can actually cause patients to fall. The list is long and can include medications, urinary tract infections, strokes, vision problems, hazards, cardiac issues, and dehydration. A common reason for falls is the combination of sleep medication and pain medication.

What can you do to prevent falls?

  • There are a number of things that you can do to prevent falls including:
  • Drinking more water and staying hydrating
  • Exercising and staying in shape
  • Having a safety evaluation of your home
  • Wearing sensible shoes

There are also fall prevention and balance classes that you can take so look it up and see if there are any near you. And don’t forget to be safe!