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6 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

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6 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

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.

(Is it dangerous for mom to take 12 different medications a day?)

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.

Related:
Preventing Falls, Fractures and Broken Bones in Elders
4 At-Home Balance-Enhancing Exercises for Seniors

6 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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9:18PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Good article.

3:43AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

thanks

6:26AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Noted with thanks.

8:19PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I'VE CARED FOR AN 88 YEAR OLD FOR TWO YEARS NOW. HER FAMILY WANTS HER TO EXERCISE MORE, BUT HER DIZZINESS FROM INCONTINENCE, ARTHRITIS & ENDEMA & HER CELL DEGENERATION & OVER ALL EXHAUSTION FROM LIVING MAKES HER VERY WEAK. I THINK WE NEED TO ACCESS THE INDIVIDUAL BEFORE WE MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND AGE DIFFERENTLY. GOOD ARTICLE THOUGH. THXS!

2:09AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

As an aged person, I think the article failed to name the most prevalent cause of falling . . . Gravity!

9:55PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Thank you for the article. Need to think twice at what can happen to the elderly

12:42AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

thank you

5:13AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Take things slowly....good article, thank you..

1:53PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Encourage mobility -
a bird feeder outside the window across the room, a flower garden, a visit from a young friend or gandchild (who wants to go see something).
Provide cart so elder can move the laundry, recycling, library books, mail in and out.

8:13PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

good read

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