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Most older adults in Indiana have a friend or family member who has experienced a significant fall. One in three older adults in this country experiences a fall every year. For people over the age of 65, falls can have serious consequences. They are the leading source of disabling injuries among seniors.
In 2010, 2.3 million seniors ended up in the emergency department of a hospital due to a fall. 662,000 of them were admitted because of the extent of their injuries. According to the National Council on Aging, that equates to one senior being taken to the emergency room every 14 seconds as a result of a fall-related injury. Taking a proactive approach to prevention is the best way to avoid becoming a statistic.
What Older Adults in Indiana Need to Know about Fall Prevention
Here are some steps our older readers can take to decrease the risk for a fall:
If you have questions about how physical or occupational therapy can play an important role in helping you decrease your risk for falls, we invite you to call the Five Star Senior Living community closest to your Indiana home. Our experienced senior care team will be happy to help!
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