More than 25% of adults aged 65 and older fall every year, often within the home.
About 20% of the time, falls have serious consequences, including head injuries or broken bones.
- If your parent falls, it may be hard for them to continue living independently. Common reasons include:
- Complications. Some older adults have serious enough injuries that they need to move to an assisted living facility for care.
- Future events. When someone falls once, they’re twice as likely to fall again, which may cause serious injury next time.
- Fear. Someone who’s afraid of falling again may limit their physical activity to avoid potential accidents, which may backfire; less movement may promote weakness or balance issues, making someone more likely to fall again.