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National Home Safety
Posted: 9/15/2015 10:36 AM by
Every year over 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits are caused by accidents in the home. The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national American nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries.
Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. But adults 65 and older are at risk for falls, which can signal the beginning of the end of that active life – and their independence. Injuries from falls can lead to limited activity, reduced mobility, loss of fitness and a fear of falling, all of which increase risk of additional injury.
Falls also are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older, according to Injury Facts 2015, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council. This is not surprising considering falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. About 29,500 people died from falls in 2013, and the vast majority of them were over age 65.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
One in three older adults falls each year
About 2.5 million nonfatal falls were treated in emergency departments in 2013
Of those, 734,000 people were admitted to the hospital
That year, 25,500 older adults died from unintentional falls
More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls
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The Good News
Falls are preventable and aging, itself, does not cause falls.
Some of the underlying causes of older-adult falls, such as muscle weakness, medications that cause dizziness, improper footwear, impaired vision, slick floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, clutter and uneven surfaces, can be improved.
While falls can happen anywhere, they most often occur at home.
What can you do to make your home or the home of someone you love safer?
Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking.
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