If your loved one has recently fallen, we want you to know they aren’t alone. The fact is, one out of every three seniors fall each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries for older Americans each year. These statistics help gain perspective as to why falling is a major concern, not only for you but for your loved one as well.
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Did you know that about one in 10,000 people will live to be 100-years-old? It is further expected that the number of people over 100 years old will reach 110,000 by 2037 and those over 80 will reach six million by that same year. These individuals are deemed “slow agers.” Will you be among those who live to celebrate 100 years?
At LifeFone, we recently talked about simple ways to improve the kitchen, bathroom and walkways for mom or dad. Though, sometimes maintaining and keeping a home safe from falls could take upgrades and modifications that would require a professional.
Hurricane season is here. It began on June 1st, and runs through November 30th. This year, there seems to be a hurricane popping up every week. To date, Gordon slammed into Florida, Lane was a major hurricane that skirted by Hawaii in August, and Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, with yet another taking aim at Hawaii.
Fall Prevention Did you know that the month of September is dedicated to fall prevention? There’s actually one day set aside as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and it happens to be on the first day of fall – September 22nd, 2018. Everyone is aware of the health risks associated with heart disease, stroke, and cancer. But often overlooked is another type of serious health risk especially affecting older adults—the risk of injury due to falling. Falls are the leading cause of injury related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. The theme this year is Take a Stand to Prevent Falls. Since LifeFone believes everyone should be safe in their home, we are dedicating the entire month of September to the topic of fall prevention. We will have a series of articles on various topics surrounding preventing falls, maintaining a safer home, and how to get back
All of the home modifications that were done for mom or dad were made so they could stay in their house longer. However, the reality is, one day it will go on the market. It was made accessible to allow them to stay in their home longer, but the time’s come to sell.
According to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they grow older. Aging in place means more independence, comfort, and potential cost-savings. The national cost average in 2015 to age in place, was roughly $3,600 each month, and continues to rise.