According to the American Geriatrics Society, more than one-third of all adults 65 and older fall each year.
The number of falls increases with age; by 85 years old, over half of adults fall at least once per year. Now, if we consider that the most important risk factor is a previous history of falls, imagine the likelihood of falls among those above 85.
In many cases, physical balance is key to avoiding falling among seniors. Yet it is a complex sensory system that combines information from your eyes, ears, muscles, joints and skin.
For that reason, reducing the risk of falls among older adults requires focusing on the small things, like posture and being aware of how you move. Exercise and regular walks will also help with balance and mobility.
If you suspect a senior loved one is at risk of falling, it may be time to seek professional care. Whether it’s a minor incident or a fall caused by an underlying condition, immediate care is essential.