- The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men.
- Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
- A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries.
- Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility.
- At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home.
A Reuter’s article that discusses this study said: “Researchers found that older people who reported falling during the six months before heart or bowel surgery had more complications than people who reported no falls.
“It’s one more marker for older adults that lets us see who is going to do poorly after an operation,” Dr. Thomas Robinson, the study’s lead author, said.
Falls are not necessarily the reason people do poorly after surgery, he cautioned. Instead, falls represent how frail an older person is, said Robinson, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.
“When we talk about falling and we talk about older adults falling, these are people who are doing their normal activities of daily living and they fall to the ground,” he said.