Slips and Falls: Is Your Elderly Loved One at Risk?

January 13, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Health
Old friends in an assisted living facility

Did you know that slips and falls are the top causes of injury and death among seniors? The National Council on Aging states that one out of four American seniors 65 years old and above fall each year. Aside from being very susceptible to falling, they’re also more prone to related injuries like head trauma and a broken hip.

Understanding why seniors have an increased risk of falling could help you take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of your loved ones while they’re on their feet, according to Cozy Retire and other facilities offering assisted living for seniors in Ogden.

Chronic illnesses

Diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s cause reduced grip strength, reduced mobility in the extremities, cognitive impairment, and balance issues. Meanwhile, nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy could result in numbness in the hands and feet, which makes it harder for seniors to move around safely.

Various medications

The most common culprits include certain cardiovascular medicines, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and opioids because of their side effects that typically include drowsiness, low blood pressure, and dizziness.

Impaired vision

Vision issues related to aging could make it significantly tougher for seniors to detect hazards in their living environment, like steps, thresholds, and puddles.

Environmental hazards

Various hazards in a senior’s living environment such as slippery flooring, loose carpeting, clutter, and poor lighting could easily increase a senior’s risk of slipping and falling.

Surgeries

Hip and knee replacements, as well as other surgical procedures, could leave seniors uncomfortable, in pain, less mobile, and generally weak This could be fleeting while seniors are recovering or a permanent health issue.

Do note that falls seldom occur due to just one of the factors above. Combined, however, it could result in a severe and potentially life-threatening injury, or worse, death. To ensure an older loved one’s safety and overall health, you must learn how to modify his or her lifestyle and living conditions to lessen the risk of falling.

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