What increases the risk of falls in the elderly?
Risk factors for falls in the elderly include increasing age, medication use, cognitive impairment and sensory deficits..
Which patient activity has the highest risk for falling?
Exercise and Physical Activity Impaired strength is a strong predictor of falls in most studies (Table 15-1) and may also increase the risk of injury from a fall.
What could be the cause of frequent falls?
This can be caused by dehydration, ageing circulation, medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and heart conditions and some medications used to treat high blood pressure. inner ear problems – such as labyrinthitis or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Where do seniors fall the most?
One-third of people over 65 will fall at least once a year. Most falls occur on the flat; falls on the stairs or in the bathroom are relatively rare. Old women tend to fall in the house, old men in the garden. In `care homes’, many falls occur on the way to or from the toilet.
When would someone falling become a cause for concern?
Any fall that results in an injury is cause for concern, no matter how minor, and should receive treatment immediately. Injuries can appear small at first, but gradual or sudden changes in health or behavior are significant signs that an injury is worth a closer look.