Author: Thanx to Bruno Stairlifts
In a recent article, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) put out eye-opening numbers on the physical, emotional and financial tolls associated with falls among older adults.
In 2013 alone, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion, a number only expected to climb as advances in medical science help keep us living longer.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Per the CDC:
"Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
There are a number of precautions that can be taken to help avoid suffering the pain of a fall. Items like no-slip mats, grab bars and stairlifts can help make places like the kitchen, bathroom and stairways remain safe for those with limited in-home mobility."