September 4, 2019

Recent research shows a dramatic increase in injuries and even deaths from falls in older Americans.

One out of every five falls leads to a serious injury such as arm, leg or hip fractures. In 2018, CAMC General Hospital treated 1,149 patients with fall-related injuries.

There are many causes for falls in and around your home.

Common causes of falls

  • Obesity
  • Weakness of lower extremities
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Medications
  • Poor lighting or vision problems
  • Cluttered pathways
  • Tripping over pets

WATCH: Trauma nurse clinician Doug Douglas and physical therapist Elisha Young discuss causes and prevention of falls around the home.

Here are some tips to help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

To make your home safer, install grab bars in the bathroom around the shower and commode, ensure hallways are properly lit (especially at night) and remove tripping hazards such as cords or rugs from floors.

Other Fall Prevention tips

  • Eat foods rich in calcium
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
  • Vitamin D supplements
  • Talk to your doctor
  • Review your medications
  • Evaluate your risk
  • Walking, aerobics and leg strengthening exercises
  • Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test

For more information on preventing falls, visit the CAMC Health Information Center online.

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