How to get up after a fall

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Falling is 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. (National Council on Aging)

Some alarming statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • As many as 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
  • The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

Here’s a video showing you how you can get up from the floor after a fall:

For two very simple, very short tests to assess your balance and risk of falling, see “Seniors: 2 quick tests to assess your risk of falling“.

H/t Auntie Lulu


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6 responses to “How to get up after a fall

  1. Auntie Lulu, great PSA, giving several ideas and encouraging us to think outside the box. Thank you, I am forwarding this on.

  2. Deplorable Patriot

    My girlfriend had a couple of uncles(close friends of her mother) that were having some problem with some of their nephews(gang banger’s) taking advantage of them. Plus, because of aging they required some assistance with daily routine. Both vets. One of them was in 3 different wars. They had immediate family but they didn’t help. As it turned out , they were a bigger problem than the nephews. We made a decision to move from northern California to central California so that we could help out. We could not be there 24 hrs a day but managed to spend at least 12 a day with them.
    the oldest fell in the yard and dislocated his shoulder. The medics helped him get up and his arm popped back into place. They took him to the hospital just to be sure he was ok. He never came home. His last wish was for us to look after his brother. His brother got to the point to where he would sit down thinking there was a chair and just end up hitting the floor. He broke his hip. His family members wouldn’t go to the hospital to give permission for surgery. He died is three days. With the nephews, all I had to do was recover the car a couple of times after it was stolen. A couple of fist fights. Getting shot at. That was easy to deal with. Helping an elderly person out and keeping them from hurting themselves is by far the hardest thing I have faced in my lifetime. Hospital care, I’m not a fan of. Both of the uncles were given drugs to “help” them. I think the drugs made them depressed, they lost their will to live.
    Deplorable Patriot

  3. Thank you, D/Patriot for your story. I am touched with your dedication to 2 aged vets who had no one else to depend upon.

  4. Thank You all for this important post and everyone’s replies. My late mother took a fall in a supermarket in 2010. She was lucky enough to fall on her butt and not break any bones. My older brother and his wife went down there the next day and talked with her extensively. That was the end of her living alone, on her own. (Mom went to an assisted living facility seven months later, and about seven months after that had to go to a nursing home. One month shy of two years after her fall, God Called her home.) So it’s not just a fall people—even middle-aged—have to worry about: All sorts of complications can ensue, and even if they don’t, nature in old age definitely takes a toll. Do whatever it takes: Talk to Mom or Dad, check their meds, get a helmet for them if you have to. My mother did not die from her fall—but that’s because Stan & Dot rescued her.

    Old age: It’s not for sissies!


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