Falls On The Rise

January 27, 2015

A US News & World Report article recently highlighted the rising problem of senior's fall rates. Robert Predit's article discusses a recent study by Dr. Christine Cigolle, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Cigolle found that the "number of older adults with at least one self-reported fall in the past two years rose from about 28 percent in 1998 to about 36 percent in 2010"

Although, this rising problem has led to an increase in programs and efforts to prevent potential falls. 

Dr. Matthew Hepinstall works at the Center for Joint Preservation & Reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, he specializes in treating the aftermath of Senior's falls.

Dr. Hepinstall said that there are many ways to help prevent falls in the home, including:

  • elimination of throw-rugs,
  • keeping the path to the bathroom well-lit at night,
  • avoiding medications that cause light-headedness or disorientation,
  • maintaining good nutrition and hydration,
  • engaging in exercise programs that boost muscle mass and balance.

Live Oak's line of transferring, positioning, and lifting solutions strive to help with fall prevention and fall response. 

And, for more Fall Prevention online resources and organizations, Live Oak's Fall prevention Resources section.

 




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