By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
Falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year.
Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people:
1. Lack of physical activity. Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased bone mass, loss of balance, and reduced flexibility.
2. Impaired vision. This includes age-related vision diseases, as well as not wearing glasses that have been prescribed.
3. Medications. Sedatives, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic drugs, plus taking multiple medications are all implicated in increasing risk of falling.
4. Diseases. Health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis cause weakness in the extremities, poor grip strength, balance disorders and cognitive impairment.
6 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall originally appeared on AgingCare.com