Falling in the elderly is a serious health issue. In fact, it’s a growing health issue in our country as more adults age in place.  

September 22, 2018, the first day of fall, is also “Falls Prevention Awareness Day.” Sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), this day alerts the public to the fact that falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults. Seniors, who have brittle bones, can sustain major injuries such as hip fractures, shoulder dislocations and even fatal head injuries.

“Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” is this year’s theme. It is hoped that home health care professionals, older adults, caregivers and family members will raise awareness and prevent falls in the aging population.

Most falls occur at home. According to the CDC, One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury,4,5 Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.”

Additionally, as a person gets older, their bones weaken, agility slows and stamina decreases. Sensory losses such as macular degeneration, hearing loss and balance disturbance make falls more prevalent.

Injuries from falls reach beyond the hips, wrists, forearms, ankles and spine. Falls also cause emotional stress. When an older person falls, it is a traumatic experience. They are embarrassed and become fearful. In some cases, it may cause them to withdraw from activities, skip meals and forget to take medications.

If you are interested in learning more about Safety Tips: In Home Safety, Community Safety & Online Safety. You’re Invited to attend an exciting event with speakers Tom Najjar & Officer Laurie Reyes on October 11 at 8:45 am at the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce.

They are teaming up to educate and empower:

  • Tips to avoid falls at home

  • Community safety tips from one of our own Montgomery County Police Officer

  • Trending online scams to avoid

For more information click here.

Since today is “Falls Prevention Day”, here are some tips to help prevent your elderly friend or loved one from falling:

  1. Do weight-bearing exercises

  2. Consult with your physician regarding Vitamin D and calcium levels and review your current and or new medications with your physician or pharmacist for higher risk of dizziness or motor difficulties

  3. Get your eyes checked and wear prescription glasses if needed

  4. Have regular osteoporosis screenings

  5. Utilize local food and medication delivery services

  6. Keep your home well-lit, clean and clutter-free

  7. Utilize transportations services for aging community

  8. Use walkers or devices that provide support with balance

  9. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid those without support

  10. Carry a cell phone and/or a medical alert device at all times

Care Plus Inc. understands the risk of falls and preventing them. We help family members who need immediate attention by assessing the situation then providing guidance on the next steps. Our expert home health care team will support you in times of crisis and direct you in short term and long term planning. Contact our Gaithersburg, MD team at (301) 740-8870 or email at contact@careplus.com.