CDC: Falls leading cause of death for older adults; What you can do to minimize the risks

According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of death for older adults in the U.S.
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Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 18:44:36-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — According to the World Health Organization, 30 percent of adults 65 and older suffer moderate or severe injuries when they fall. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that falls cause more 2.8 million injuries per year.

In 2015, fall injuries cost 50 billion dollars with Medicare and Medicaid covering about 75 percent of the costs.

Every eleven seconds, someone is sent to the hospital from a fall. And every 19 minutes someone dies from one. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of death for older adults in the U.S.

Katharine Forth PhD, creator of the Zibrio Smartscale, told Ivanhoe, “People don't understand that your balance changes every day. And we often don't think about falling down until you're 80.”

So how can you minimize the risk? Wear non-slip socks around the house and use nonslip mats in your kitchen and bathroom.

Try tai chi! According to tai chi for fall prevention, any form of tai chi helps as long as it focuses on movement control, weight transference and the balance of mind and body.

The national institute on aging also recommends an exercise program. Better balance for life by Carol Cements gives a ten week plan to improve stability with activities such as standing on one leg to brush your teeth or flexing your ankles while watching TV and the best advice.

“Take action and to be the best version of yourself decades before you even are considered at risk for falling,” Forth said

According to NCOA, falls could cost over 65 billion dollars by 2020. National falls prevention awareness day is an event that is held on the first day of fall every September. The day includes screening activities and it offers solutions to older adults for prevention.