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  • Older Adults and Fall Prevention

     

    JCPH strives to help people achieve their goals by providing them with information so they can make informed decisions and advocate for the support needed to ensure they can remain in charge of their lives.

     

    The Issue:

    • Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among adults aged 65 and older.
    • Each year in Colorado, more than 400 adults die from a fall related injury.
    • More than 10,000 Coloradans age 65 and older are hospitalized for fall related injuries each year, including 12% with traumatic brain injury and approximately 1/3 with hip or femur fractures.
    • Of the older adults who were injured from a fall in the home, only 28% were discharged to their home after their hospitalization.  The majority required ongoing care in a skilled nursing facility.
    • The average length of stay for an older Coloradan hospitalized for fall related injuries is 4.8 days with an average total hospitalization charge of $25,976. 

     

    Falls can be prevented! 

     

    Older adults can reduce their chances of falling by:

    • Getting regular exercise that focuses on balance and strength.
    • Reviewing all medication and supplements with their doctor.  This includes identifying all medications that can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Checking vision once a year.  Make sure to update all lens prescriptions and get prescription sunglasses for walking outside.
    • Making home safer.  Improve lighting, add grab bars in the bathroom tub and next to the toilet.  Add railings on both sides of stairways and remove cords and rugs from walking areas.