Don’t Fall For It [Infographic]

In a recent article, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) put out eye-opening numbers on the physical, emotional and financial tolls associated with falls among older adults.

In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion, a number only expected to climb as advances in medical science help keep us living longer.

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.
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.

There are a number of precautions that can be taken to help avoid suffering the pain of a fall. Items like no-slip mats, grab bars and stairlifts can help make places like the kitchen, bathroom and stairways remain safe for those with limited in-home mobility.

For more information on Bruno stairlifts and in-home mobility solutions, please visit Bruno.com.

For more insight on falls, read the full NCOA article or gather more information on aging in the 21st century by visiting NCOA.org.

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