Statistics produced by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) disclosed that one in three adults over the age of 65 or greater suffer from falls each year costing them and their insurance companies billions of dollars. In addition, the National Hospital Discharge Survey revealed that 90% of hip fractures are caused from falls; three-quarters of these occur in women. As women age, their bones take a hit due to hormonal imbalances, thus they break more easily. Finally, about the scariest of all the stats reported on the http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00135 website was that only about 25% of the hip fracture patients will make a full recovery. They went on further to say that 40% of the elders that break a hip will require nursing home admission, 50% will be dependent on a cane or walker while 20% will die within the year that they took their fall.
No one but no one wants to see these statistics increase. They are bad enough already, but as people are living longer (not necessarily better, however), the odds are suddenly against our elderly population. Tomorrow we will focus on the causes of such fatalistic and life-altering falls. Afterward we will concentrate on prevention.
Since With Age Comes Respect, these are but a few things we all need to know in order to keep our older population healthier and happier for their remaining time on this Earth.