Falls Can Be Deadly
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults. Falls can result in fractures and head injuries, disability and loss of independence. Complications from falls can even lead to nursing home placement. Fortunately, falls are largely preventable. There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling, beginning with awareness of the risks and how they might apply to you.
Falls among Older Adults in NYC
The New York City Department of Health identifies falls as the leading cause of injury among older New Yorkers. More than 45,000 are treated for falls each year and each year approximately 17,000 are hospitalized.
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Some Risk Factors for Falls
Take Action to Prevent Falls
- Muscle weakness.
- Previous falls.
- Gait or balance impairment.
- Use of medications.
- Visual impairment.
- Home safety hazards.
- Arthritis, Diabetes, vestibular dysfunction, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular conditions, cognitive impairment.