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Falls: The Leading Cause of Death for Adults 65+
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to trip, especially if your balance is off or your sight is failing. Reasons like these and others are why falls are common among Americans aged 65 or older. However, falls for these people are more than simply an inconvenience: injury resulting from falls is the leading cause of death for this age group, reported Health Matters recently.
“Unfortunately, if they fall and break their hip or hit their head, it can lead to their loss of independence and unfortunately a lot of times, it can cause death,” said Nicole Longton, nurse practitioner with Lee Health, who is quoted in the story. “One fall is all it takes.”
Causes of falls vary, according to the story. They could be environmental, such as with furnishings, rugs, footwear, pets or insufficient lighting. They can also be caused by medical conditions such as poor vision, balance issues or weakness in the lower extremities. Even medication can sometimes play a role. However, the good news is that falls can be prevented. Health experts suggest installing hand rails throughout the home, including in the bathroom by the toilet and the shower. Removing throw rugs and other obstacles may help. Devices such as walkers and physical therapy can assist with balance and good lighting can improve visibility. Finally, a change in medication might help prevent a fall.
An injury from a fall can be life-changing. If you or a loved one are injured in a fall and you believe it was the result of negligence, consult an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney.