Facts About Aging

FALLS​

Older adults are at a much higher risk for falls with most falls resulting in injury.

 

IN FACT, FALLS ARE THE LEADING CASE OF INJURIES FOR OLDER AMERICANS.

 

Once a person has fallen once, they have a higher chance of falling again. Many people are burdened with the fear of falling resulting in a lack of participation in activities that make them happy. 

  • "Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs." -National Council on Aging

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  • "Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness." -National Council on Aging

  • "One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year." -U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • "Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall." -U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • "Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults." -U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • "Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths." -U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Depression

Older adults are at a high risk for depression. This can be triggered by chronic diseases        and results in much higher healthcare costs.

  • "More than two million of the 34 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from some form of depression. -National Institute of Mental Health:" -“Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Fact Sheet.”

  • "Symptoms of clinical depression can be triggered by other chronic illnesses common in later life, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, cancer and arthritis." -National Institute of Mental Health: “Depression Shares Symptoms With Other Medical Conditions.” 

 

  • "Older patients with symptoms of depression have roughly 50% higher healthcare costs than non-depressed seniors." -Unutzer, J., “Depressive symptoms and the cost of health services in HMO patients aged 65 years and older,”

Did you know?

The average cost of a long-term care room in Colorado per month:

  • Semi-private (shared room):$7,892.00

  • Private Room: $9,000 

 

-SeniorLiving.org         

Occupational Therapy Research

"Occupational therapy practitioners possess the critical skills needed to address fall prevention with older adults. Research supports that fall causes are multi-factorial in nature, influenced by conditions within the individual, within the environment, and as a result of the interaction between the two. The most successful falls prevention initiatives are those that use a multi-faceted approach. Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled at evaluating and addressing influences from the person, their activity roles and routines, and the environment to maximize independence for older adults. Linking clients’ goals and priorities with modifications and adaptations that support their ability to participate in meaningful activities are hallmarks of occupational therapy."

 

-https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals/PA/Facts/Fall-Prevention.aspx

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