A broken hip is a common injury among the elderly, especially those aged 75 and over. In the U.S., about 300,000 Americans are hospitalized for a hip injury every year, and around 5 percent will die from their injuries.
Hip fractures are common in the elderly due to weakened bones and osteoporosis. Hip fractures are also seen more frequently in the female sex, Caucasian race, and those individuals with a slight build.
In order to decrease your risk for falling, there are several things to keep in mind:
Education. Learning about falls is a great step towards prevention. Them more you know, the more steps you can take to ensure a fall never happens. Learn through sites dedicated to the elderly, and get on newsletters or signups to receive information on further prevention.
Exercise to increase strength and balance. As seniors reduce their activity and spend more time in chairs in their homes, their bodies become more fragile. It’s important to keep moving, even if it is within the home. Find senior exercise videos that are appropriate for their exercise level. Take a walk on a nice day. Get them out of their homes as much as possible. Field trips to their favorite stores or events can be good for both their physical and mental being.
Review your medications. Some combinations of medicines may put seniors at risk because of interaction. Monitor any changes in medicines for the first few weeks to ensure a seniors safety.
Modify your home surroundings to reduce hazards. Because seniors spend a majority of their time at home, ensure that it is a safe environment. They may love the rug that’s been there for years, but it may also be a tripping hazard. Review each room, and offer help in redecorating for safety.
Want to know what your risk is for breaking your hip? Check out this hip fracture calculator.