Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls; unintentional falls are the leading cause of death by injury and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for seniors. Though falls are generally a risk for seniors, the risk increases for those with conditions that limit mobility, such as Parkinson’s disease and recovery from orthopedic surgery or a fracture.
Factors that influence fall risk include:
Level of consciousness/mental status
History of falls in the past three months
Ability to ambulate
Gait and balance
Orthostatic changes (changes in Blood Pressure and cardiac rhythm between lying and standing)
Current or recent use of one or more of the following medications: anesthetics, anti-histamines, cathartics, diuretics, anti-hypertensives, anti-seizure, benzodiazepines, hypoglycemics, psychotropics, sedatives
Presence of a one or more pre-disposing conditions: hypertension, vertigo, Parkinson’s disease, loss of limb(s), CVA (stroke), seizures, arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures
Equipment/assistive device needs (e.g. cane, walker, oxygen)
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