1. True or False? Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults.
2. True or False? 1 in 3 older adults experience a fall every year.
3. True or False? Injuries increase risk of premature death.
Things you should be aware of
Each year, approximately 1/3 of men and women age 65 and older experience a fall, and 20% to 30% of them experience a moderate or severe injury, like a head injury or hip fracture. Injuries increase risk of premature death!
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, and are treated in emergency rooms approximately every 13 seconds and take a life every 20 minutes. Every year, 1 of every 3 older adults experience a fall, however only less than 50% tell their doctor.
Exercise programs with general and specific physical activities can help decrease the chance of falls and injury. Some suggestions of general physical activity include walking, biking, aerobic movements, and other endurance exercises. Suggestions for specific physical activity include training targeted towards balance, gait, and strength.
Your health is important! Keeping up with your physical demands can be difficult but it can lead to a longer and healthier life. Help your self by taking all the necessary steps to avoid injury and falls.
1. True or False? Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults. TRUE
2. True or False? 1 in 3 older adults experience a fall every year. TRUE
3. True or False? Injuries increase risk of premature death. TRUE
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Laurence Z. Rubenstein; Falls in older people: epidemiology, risk factors and strategies for prevention. Age Ageing 2006; 35 (suppl_2): ii37-ii41. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afl084