Each year, about 10,000 seniors die from injuries sustained in a fall. Additionally, one in three Americans over age 65 years experiences a fall each year. As an individual ages, the body experiences changes in vision, balance, bone density and muscle mass. In addition, older adults are more likely to take prescription medication, which can cause side effects such as blurred vision or loss of balance.
One-third of falls in older adults are a result of tripping over hazards in the home. Safety measures to prevent falls include:
Hallways and Walkways: