Posted on: January 21, 2013
Sure-footed Advice for Keeping Your Balance
By Adam Cohen, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation at Northern Westchester Hospital
When you’re in your 20s, tripping over a curb usually means a scraped knee and flush of embarrassment. But that changes with age, unfortunately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), one in three people over 65 will take a tumble this year, and about two million will need to seek emergency treatment as a result. For the elderly, falls can mean a fracture, and the consequences can be dire.
How dire? One in four people who suffer a hip fracture end up in a nursing home, and one in five hip fracture patients die within a year. Considering those grim numbers, preventing falls has to be a priority for the elderly and their caretakers.