On Wednesday July 15th former President George H.W Bush was hospitalized after falling and breaking a neck bone. He was extremely lucky as he is expected to make a full recovery and will only need to wear a neck brace and receive physical therapy (source). However many adults over 65 have serious injuries from falling. In fact, according to the CDC 33% of adults over 65 fall each year and among older adults the majority of fatal and non-fatal injuries are a result of falling.  In 2013 alone there were 2.5 million adults over 65 that went to the ER as a result of falling and 734,000 that had to be hospitalized.There are several risk factors that increase aging adults likelihood that they will fall. Below is a list of risk factors from NIH Senior Health that can help one understand the risk of falling at an older age. For a full list please check out the NIH Senior Health website. 

  • Muscle Weakness, especially in leg muscles is a leading cause of falls.
  • Aging adults with poor balance are more likely to fall. Difficulty with balance can be related to neurological issues, lack of exercise and other conditions.
  • Postural hypotension, which can results from dehydration of other medical conditions is a condition where blood pressure drips to fast when you go from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Vision issues, such as poor depth perception and cataracts can lead you to misjudge and fail to see objects that you might trip over

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