Tips to avoid falls

Nearly one third of all people over the age of 65 fall each year, and that figure increases to 50% by age 80.

For seniors, falls in and around the home are the most frequently occurring accident. In fact, falls are the seventh leading cause of death in people over the age of 65. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that preventing falls and the resulting injuries can reduce or delay the need to move to a long-term care facility.

There are two major causes of falls in and around the home:
Health and age related changes such as:

  • The use of certain medications
  • Slow reflexes
  • Poor eyesight
  • Problems with balance

Hazardous situations in the home, such as:

  • Slippery floors
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Electrical cords in pathways
  • Loose rugs
  • Raised thresholds
  • Clutter

Most falls in the home occur in bathrooms, bedrooms and stairs.