After the Fall

Falls are becoming an increasingly cause of serious harm to the elderly. More research is being conducted on falls in the elderly and a recent Australian study indicates the seriousness of the issue.
Each year there are three times the number of deaths from falls than motor vehicle accidents. After the age of 40 the risk of a fall increases by 5% per year. A fall leading to a hip fracture results in death for 20% of those with the injury – mostly elderly people. The rate of fall-induced hospitalisations rises at around 2.3 per cent each year, with no evidence that this growth is being addressed
Yet elderly people are often reluctant to acknowledge they have had a fall mainly through fear that they may be ushered into residential aged care before they want to go.
Falls can be reduced and their effects limited by older people taking a series of initiative. Taking Vitamin D help the body absorb calcium and exercise can ring a series of improvements. Balance exercises can reduce fall; weight training can make muscles stronger, aerobic exercises can improve breathing and heart rate; and flexibility exercises can help muscles work in co-ordination to improve balance. All such activities can improve independence as people get older.

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