Come join us for a couple of hours of fun, camaraderie and snacks. We all think seriously about our decreasing ability to be steady on our feet and legs as we go about our daily activities. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.
Statistics show that one in four seniors 65 and older fall each year.
Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, a senior dies from a fall.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
Falls result in more than 3 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs. The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020. That’s a 33% increase in 5 years…. And that percent of increase is increasing every year because there are more and more seniors, AND more and more seniors who fall each year.
Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Unfortunately, many of us join the statistics of seniors who fall! Once you fall, the chances increase that you will fall again. Falling can be a minor embarrassment or a major event in our lives. Anyway, it can lead to more and more problems for us as we grow older. You may think that is just the way it is for us seniors……. WRONG!!! Some Tai Chi programs have shown a 55% reduction in falls rate.
FALLS ARE COSTLY • The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000. Falls, with or without injury, carry a heavy burden on quality of life. After a fall, many older adults develop a fear of falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. Fear of falling can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Staying healthy as we get older improves our day-to-day life. Those who are less physically active are at higher risk of falling. Strength and balance exercises, properly managing medications, regular vision checks, and making the living environment safer are some of the steps you and your loved one can take to prevent a fall