Top 5 Things That Cause Falls

Did you know that each year 1/3 of people over the age of 65 will fall? Not to mention, more than three million older adults will go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. Many of those who fall will suffer a fracture or other injury that may require short-term rehabilitation.  

Ultimately, falls cost our healthcare system nearly $50 billion every year. This number is hard to imagine but it also shows the magnitude and impact fall prevention could have on individuals and the healthcare system.  

There are ways to avoid or prevent falls from affecting you and your loved one. Therefore, it is important to consider things that may cause a fall so you can prevent falls in the future. A few simple ideas may include the following: 

  • Have regular eye exams 
  • Review medications and their interactions with your physician 
  • Get plenty of exercises based on your abilities 
  • Wear sturdy and properly fitted shoes 
  • Remove all fall hazards from the home 
  • Ensure hearing aids work properly 
  • Limit alcohol and stay hydrated 

Most people think, “This will never happen to me, I won’t fall.” Maybe, maybe not? This may never happen to you, but it may happen to someone you love. It may happen to your spouse, your mom, or your dad. Therefore, it’s important to at least identify some of the main causes of falls so you can prevent them from happening. 

Here are 5 things that may cause a fall at home: 

  1. Sore or Flat Feet – Did you know that repetitive falls that happen again and again may be caused by sore or flat feet? Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health discovered higher odds of recurrent falls were seen for those with foot pain, especially severe foot pain. Also, plantus foot posture such as flat feet may play a role in falls. According to professor Marian Hannan and her team, treating foot problems could significantly reduce fall injuries.  
  2. Vision & Hearing – Believe it or not, vision and hearing can have a profound effect on falls. The inner ears need the eyes, simply because the eyes are how people best sense and judge the world around them. The vestibular and proprioceptive systems work off the information the eyes and brain give them, helping with stability and position whether standing still or in motion. Therefore, people may experience vertigo, dizziness, or unsteadiness through a combination of vision and hearing forces.    
  3. Medications –The researchers urged doctors to carefully calibrate a senior’s use of medications. Another study, this one from Penn State University, noted that seniors who have poor sleep may get out of bed during the night, which can lead to a fall. According to professor Buxton, these medications “often have side effects that cause problems with balance, memory and situational awareness.” 
  4. Pets – Though pet ownership has been found to reduce the risk of falls by keeping us more active and upbeat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warns that about 1% of fall injuries are associated with pets. Seniors might be pulled off balance while walking a dog, or trip over a pet in the home.  
  5. Rugs – You do not have to be older to trip over a rug. Shoot, I have tripped over it plenty of times. No rug sits flat and even with the floor.  And even if you use a non-skid rug, it still can be a tripping hazard.  It just means that the rug won’t move from its position. 

If you are caring for your mom, dad, spouse, or a loved one, we are here to help you find the care you deserve! Receive a FREE copy of Florida’s 5-Step Guide to Senior Care by simply calling our senior care expert hotline at 941-676-3411. 

Copyright © 2024 ActivAge Daytime Senior Care. All Rights Reserved.