Fall prevention is key
For seniors, hip fracture can equal loss
Hip fracture is one the most serious injuries in seniors. Did you know that approximately one in five hip fracture patients die within a year of the injury? Hip fracture is also a leading reason seniors must move into a nursing home—and many are never able to return home.
Unintentional falls are a threat to the lives, independence, and health of adults ages 65 and older. Every 18 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall, and every 35 minutes someone in this population dies as a result of their injuries.
Although one in three older adults fall each year in the United States, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are proven strategies that can reduce falls and help older adults live better and longer. Prevention is key. More than 90% of hip fractures are caused by falls. You can reduce the risk of falls in the home.
Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling. They can:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention