THIS YEAR, 1 IN 3 AMERICANS, 65 YEARS AND OLDER, WILL FALL
65Falls are the leading cause of injury among adults 65 and older in the U.S.
17Every 17 seconds, an older American is hospitalized for a fall-related injury.
66Approximately 66% of fall victims will fall again within 6 months.
54.9By 2020, the annual cost of fall injury care is expected to reach $54.9 billion.
- Exercise regularly with warm-up and cool-down periods
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review medications
- Have an eye exam at least once a year
- Make home modifications that address fall prevention.
So why do so many seniors resist home modifications until after they've fallen? Studies have shed some light on this, suggesting that people are reluctant to install things like grab bars and handrails because they're seen as signs of a person's declining abilities. These modifications are also viewed as expensive and unsightly, creating an institutional look that will lower a home's value and make it harder to sell on short notice. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking is both misguided and dangerous.
"Stacy, I am very impressed with your work and thanks to you, I have a few less worries. My husband was totally happy after taking a shower and said that the grab bars were in the perfect place. "
"I appreciate both your suggestions and work. I continue to be very happy with my grab bars and stair railing. Thanks again for excellent work. "
"Dad is a lot safer at home now that we've got your grab bars. The handrails out front are also very helpful and look a lot better than I thought at first. I can sleep better at night knowing he's less likely to fall. Thanks again Stacy."