Fall Injuries Can Cripple the Elderly and Our Health System
Elderly are prone to fall.
Globally, one in three elderly falls each year. Fall injuries are the main cause of hospital admissions, temporary or permanent disability, loss of independence, and premature death of the 65+.
The incidence of falls increases proportionally as people live longer, and as the number of older adults increases in the population. For those over the age of 80 years, the number of falls and fall injuries are increasing at an alarming rate.
The World Health Organization reported that certain fall injuries, such as fractures and spinal cord injury, have markedly increased by 131% during the last three decades. If preventive measures are not taken adequately, the number of injuries caused by falls is projected to be 100% higher in the year 2030.
Elderly fall is an important health issue which has serious repercussions on the lives of family and society at large. The time and cost needed to care for a loved one at home or in hospital is substantial. It also adds on high financial cost to our health systems.
This site is devoted to understanding why older people fall and how it may be prevented.
We will focus more on circumstances relating to older adults who live in the community. And we will look at topics such as risk of falls, risk assessment, preventative measures, and fall injuries.
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Fall Risks. Elderly are prone to fall because of poor eyesight, hearing, balance, coordination, and muscular strength. In addition, their reaction to the environment is slow. Elderly are also likely to have medical conditions such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, arthritis, neurological disorders, and osteoporosis. You can learn the common causes and risk factors associated with falling here.
Fall Injuries. Common fall injuries are head injuries and fractures – shoulder, forearm, spine, pelvic and hip. The older the patients, the longer it takes to recover from the injuries. And sometimes they remain in hospital for the rest of life. Statistically, 20% of hip fractures die within one year.
Prevention. Fall is not inevitable just because one is old. Numerous studies have shown that the number of people who fall, the rate of falls and the severity of injury could be reduced if effective prevention was taken. The key is modifying our lifestyle and home environment.
Assistive Devices. An assistive device is a product which helps to make the activities of daily life easier for the disabled or older people. There are lots of products which fit this description, ranging from simple plastic tools to high-tech solutions.