It happens all too often – an energetic retiree pulls out a ladder and climbs on the roof to fix a leak, or is simply walking into the kitchen and trips on a throw rug – whatever the scenario, older adults are at risk for serious falls that could change the way they live their lives.
In fact, one in three adults over 65 will fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer injuries that make it hard for them to get around or continue to live independently.
“A fall can be life-changing,” said Wendie Skala, RN, trauma prevention coordinator at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. “While the vast majority will go home with no problems, for some it can mean going to an assisted living facility or depending on family members for day-to-day care.”