Age is one of the key risk factors for falls. Older people have the highest risk of death or serious injury arising from a fall and the risk increases with age. For example, in the United States of America, 20–30% of older people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head traumas. This risk level may be in part due to physical, sensory, and cognitive changes associated with ageing, in combination with environments that are not adapted for an aging population.
Across all age groups and regions, both genders are at risk of falls. In some countries, it has been noted that males are more likely to die from a fall, while females suffer more non-fatal falls. Older women and younger children are especially prone to falls and increased injury severity. Possible explanations of the greater burden seen among males may include higher levels of risk-taking behaviours and hazards within occupations.
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Adults 70 years of Age and Older:
- 3 in 10 fall each year
- 2 in 10 who need home health care after being in the hospital will fall during the first month after coming home
- 1 in 10 suffer a serious fall injury such as a broken bone or head injury
- 5 in 10 have problems getting up without help after they have fallen
- Falls cause over 90% of broken hips; only half of those who break their hip will get around like they did before their broken hip
- In the United States, 16 percent of all Emergency Department visits and almost 7 percent of all hospitalizations are for fall-related injuries
The Common Health Problems for Falling are:
- Problems walking or moving around
- Depth Perception
- 4 or more medications
- Foot problems, unsafe footwear
- Blood pressure drops too much on standing up/dizzy
- Problems with seeing
- Tripping hazards in your home
Effective fall prevention programs aim to reduce the number of people who fall, the rate of falls and the severity of injury should a fall occur. For older individuals, fall prevention programs can include a number of components to identify, such as:
- Clinical interventions to identify risk factors, such as medication review and modification, treatment of low blood pressure, Vitamin D and calcium supplementation, treatment of correctable visual impairment;
- Home assessment and environmental modification for those with known risk factors or a history of falling;
- Prescription of appropriate assistive devices to address physical and sensory impairments;
- Muscle strengthening and balance retraining prescribed by a trained health professional;
- Community-based group programs which may incorporate Tai Chi-type exercises or dynamic balance and strength training;
- Use of hip protectors for those at risk of a hip fracture due to a fall.