What can the elderly do to decrease their number of falls?

What can the elderly do to decrease their number of falls?

Lots of things!  Lifestyle modifications are best: structured exercise programs and home safety interventions (like get rid of throw rugs and electrical cords across walkways).  Multifactorial assessment and inv=tervention programs reduce the rate of falls, but not the risk of falling.

What has NOT been found to work?  Vitamin D supplementation AND education about fall prevention has not been shown to decrease the rate or risk of falls.

Why is this so important?  1/3 of people older than 65 years old fall each year.  Falling once doubles a person’s chance of falling again.  One out of every five falls causes a serious injury like a head injury or a broken bone.  If an elderly person falls and requires hospitalization, their average bill is usually over $17,000.  Wow!

So, exercise and keeping the home free and clear of clutter underfoot are key!

I hope this helps.

elderly people walking

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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