While some falls do not cause harm, others can seriously impact a senior’s health and lifestyle. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 in 5 falls lead to serious injuries and bone fractures, with at least 300,000 seniors being hospitalized for hip fractures per year. Falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Having one fall doubles your chances of having another.
Not only can falls cause serious health repercussions, but they can also be costly. The CDC states that senior falls result in $50 billion in medical costs each year, with 75% being covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Furthermore, according to the National Council on Aging, the financial toll is projected to increase to over $101 billion by 2030 as the population gets older.
Additionally, falling can lead to another significant consequence: the fear of falling. Oftentimes this fear causes seniors to avoid certain daily activities, including walking, running errands, and socializing with others. Avoidance of these activities can greatly reduce a senior’s quality of life. However, it is these activities and others that encourage movement, keep the body in good physical condition, and actually help prevent falls in the long run.