The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same…
Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.
Each year more than one in four older adults aged 65 and older falls. Falls are one of the main causes of injuries and death from injuries in older adults.
For these reasons, managing fall risk is a normal part of aging, but falls themselves are NOT a normal part of aging.
There are three Main types of risk factors. most falls are a result of a combination of risk factors. we each have our own set of risk factors based on our age, health, and environment.
- Physical Risk Factors
- Medication side effects
- Progressive neurological disorders
- Weakness from injury or illness
- Impaired vision
- Chronic conditions effecting sensation in feet, blood pressure, and cardiopulmonary endurance
- Behavioral Risk Factors
- Impaired safety awareness
- Improper use of assistive device (cane, walker, wheelchair, etc.)
- Memory impairments
- Rushing to answer the phone or door
- Environmental Risk Factors
- Inadequate lighting
- Clutter or electrical cords in walking pathways
- Slick flooring in the tub or shower
- Wearing shoes/slippers that don’t have a rubber sole or fit properly
- No railings to climb steps to enter home
- No grab bars in bathroom
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Visitors to www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp can complete a short, 12-question survey that screens them for the most common falls risk factors.
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