Video: 6 ways to protect older Americans from falls

In the U.S., roughly one-third of older adults take a tumble every year. Most such incidents are preventable. Here’s how to advise patients, caregivers and the community at large.    

Older adults visit their local emergency rooms for treatment of a fall-related injury every 13 seconds.

That’s according to the National Council on Aging. One problem many caretakers aren’t aware of: Most older people are afraid of falling. Do they have good reason to be nervous? The statistics indicate a resounding yes. NCOA says:

  • Some 25,000 seniors died from unintentional slip injuries in 2013.

  • Older adults die from falls at a rate of one every 20 minutes.

  • An estimated 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by tumbles.

  • Approximately 25 percent of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within six months of that injury.

In addition, falls are the cause of most traumatic brain injuries suffered by older people.

Communicators can use some ideas from this short NCOA video to help educate caregivers and aging Americans. Balance is key. Take a look:

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