Older Adult Fall Victims and Medical Alerts

Falls Among Older Adults

At first glance, the problem may not seem big. However, more than a third of adults age 65 and older fall each year in the United States according to the CDC. (Hornbrook et al. 1994; Hausdorff et al. 2001)

In 2005, 15,800 over the age of 65 died from injuries related to unintentional falls. Over 1.8 million of people over 65 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to falls(CDC 2005)

In a nutshell, falls among the elderly are serious and the long term effects will have an impact on not only seniors but the ones who care for them. This is why we recommend having a medical alert system for seniors over the age of 65 who may be at high risk. Although the medical alert will not prevent a fall, what it does is get the medical attention to the victim quicker.

Studies have show that a very important factor for long term recovery is the amount of time that elapses from a fall to receiving medical attention. The quicker medical attention is sought the better the outcome.

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