Falls are preventable Approximately one in three people over 65 have a fall at least once a year. Any fall, even if there is no serious injury, may have long-term consequences on your quality of life. The good news is: most falls are preventable. As part of our trauma program La Paz Regional Hospital identified falls as one of the major causes of trauma in older adults and we want to help our community prevent falls from happening by bringing awareness of what contributes to falls, and the detrimental effects that a fall can have on older adults.
Why do older people fall? Falls usually result from a combination of causes. Research has identified the following as the most common factors that increase the risk of a fall.
Some medical conditions affect balance and reduce physical ability.
Some medications (or combinations) can affect balance.
Inactivity results in loss of bone and muscle strength, and poorer balance.
Gradual changes to eyesight occur with age.
Painful feet and unsupportive shoes affect balance.
Obvious slip; trip and fall hazards may be ignored.
Lack of acceptance of current capabilities may result in risky behavior.
Fear of falling can lead to a reduction in physical activities and social contact.