And that means as we age, we’re more prone to broken bones. Most of us know this. But there is a misconception about older adults, broken bones and falls. Many of us believe that just because someone ages, that person tends to fall down more. The issue isn’t the falling – it’s what happens to older (and often more brittle) bones when someone who is older does fall.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 20,000 older adults died from falls this past year. Men are 34% more likely to die from falls than women. Over 95% or hip fractures in older adults occurred due to a fall. And adults over 75 who fall, are five times more likely to be admitted to a long term care facility than those 65-74.
Here’s the good news about falls – many of them are preventable. It just takes a little preparation, and perhaps some modification, of your living space, to prevent many accidental falls.
Regular exercise helps with coordination, balance, stamina, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. You’re a lot less likely to fall at any age, if you improve these physical qualities.
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There are a wide range of things you can do to improve the way in which your home is used. This is particularly important if you’ve lived in your home for many years. What worked great when you were 40 may not work as well now that you’re 70. Many of these modifications aren’t expensive. In fact, most of them are more about common sense than anything else.
Like regular exercise, regular medical exams, eye exams, and medication reviews are essential.
Annual attention to all three issues is vital in keeping your body as youthful as possible.