Fall death rate increases among older adults

CHI Health St. Francis Family & Behavioral Medicine.
CHI Health St. Francis Family & Behavioral Medicine.(Diamond Nunnally (KSNB))
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 8:47 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s the first day of fall and Doctors at CHI Health St. Francis want people to be aware of another type of fall, which happens to be the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.

Falls, occurring mostly with older adults, the death rate has increased by 30% and if the trend continues, doctors anticipate seven falls per hour by 2030. This can cause severe brain injuries and even death.

“As we age our bone density changes and they’re on a lot of medication that can increase their risk of bleeding, especially if they have a brain injury and bleed on top of that it can be disastrous,” said Anchalia Chandrakumaran M.D. from CHI Health St. Francis Family & Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Chandrakumaran said if something like this does happen for people to stay calm and get help immediately.

“I also tell my older patients who don’t have immediate help available to have a guardian alert so that they have an emergency call button, so that they don’t sit there for hours without anyone noticing them after they’d had a fall,” Dr. Chandrakumaran said.

Chandrakumaran said this is preventable if people follow these easy tips. People need to check their medication to ensure it doesn’t cause dizziness or drowsiness, get proper exercise and more.

“Falls, believe it or not, are not a normal part of aging, so talking to your doctor about all the medications that you’re on because some of them can increase your sleepiness and cause dizziness, that’s important, getting your eyes checked every year is also really important,” Dr. Chandrakumaran said.

For more tips on how to prevent injuries from falling click here.

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