Seniors are at high risk for serious falls
The gradual physical changes of aging add up to increased fall risk for older adults. In fact, the CDC says that people aged 65+ have a greater than 25% chance of falling. And if someone falls once, their chance of falling again doubles, meaning there’s over 50% chance of a second fall. This is serious because falls are a leading cause of lost independence and ability. Seniors often aren’t able to recover fully from the trauma, their overall health declines, and their care needs increase significantly.
We explain the top 6 age-related changes that increase senior fall risk, typical fall-related injuries, and share 6 ways to reduce fall risk.
6 Ways to Reduce Senior Fall Risk
- Make the home safer by decluttering key areas, improving lighting, and making safety updates
- Encourage safe, regular exercise to build strength, balance, and flexibility
- Get regular check-ups from the doctor and eye doctor to catch problems early
- Treat or manage vision problems
- Use properly-fitted walkers and canes correctly
- Wear comfortable, supportive, properly-fitted shoes and slippers with non-slip soles