Slip and Fall accidents are common among seniors over age 65
One out of three seniors over the age of 65 falls annually in the United States, resulting in over a million both fatal and non-fatal falls among seniors. These falls are the most common cause of injury among senior citizens. In addition, slip and fall accidents are the number one reason seniors over the age of 65 are hospitalized for trauma. The most common injury that results from a slip and fall accident is a fracture. Almost 90% of fractures among individuals over the age of 65 are due to a slip and fall accident. More than half of all falls occur in the individuals home.
Common fractures and injuries due to slip and fall accidents
- Hip fractures
- Femur fractures (Thigh bone)
- Pelvis fractures
- Spinal fractures (Vertebrae)
- Humerus fractures (Upper arm)
- Hand fractures and injuries
- Leg and ankle fractures
- Head trauma
- Deep bruising
Hip fractures and hip injuries are the most serious among seniors
Hip fractures are the most problematic injury among seniors. About 95% of all hip fractures sustained by seniors are due to falls. Annually there are nearly a quarter million hip fractures. Individuals over the age of 50 are more susceptible to hip injuries and fractures and women are twice as likely to suffer hip fractures from falls. Hip injuries and hip fractures cause more health problems and deaths than any other injury to seniors in the United States.
Injury prevention for seniors
Nearly one-half of individuals over the age of 65 never fully recover from injuries sustained due to slip and fall accidents. These injuries make it difficult for seniors to move around and live independently. Consequently, these injuries increase the risk of earlier death among seniors.
Accidents and injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents are preventable. Here are some precautions seniors can take to help prevent serious injuries and bone fractures.
- Exercise regularly; engage in physical activity that will improve strength, mobility and flexibility.
- Limit medications that cause drowsiness and sleepiness
- Talk with your doctor about side effects caused by medications; identify any medications that may cause dizziness
- Get appropriate treatment for medical conditions
- Have regular eye exams and make sure your prescription lenses are updated to maximize vision
- Make modifications to your personal residence; install grab bars in the bathrooms, add railings to stairways, improve lighting inside your homes, remove obstacles that could be a tripping hazard.