A dangerous fall can happen anytime and anywhere, and while we tend to be most concerned about frail seniors and falling, seniors who appear strong and healthy can also be susceptible to falls in the home. Many otherwise healthy older adults experience some normal changes that occur as people age, such as changes in eyesight, decreased muscle strength, etc., and these changes can cause them to be more prone to falling.
There are many other factors that can make your loved ones more susceptible to falls, including:
- Osteoporosis, a bone density disorder that can also increase a person’s chances of fracturing a hip
- Cerebrovascular insufficiency
- Neurologic disability (stroke)
- Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure)
- Thyroid disease
- Medications that cause dizziness
According to the CDC, 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, including fractures or head traumas. Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling.
In our last blog, we provided some exercise ideas that older adults of all fitness levels can perform to help increase their strength and balance. For more information about how to help an older loved one prevent falling in the home, contact the home care team at North River Home Care. We’re always happy to help!