Each year, 2.8 million older adults are treated for fall-related injuries. Over 800,000 of those people require hospitalization. Most of them have head or hip injuries. The chances of suffering from a fall in colder weather increase after 65. After age 75, 2.8 million Americans are treated for falls.
Understanding contributing factors and prevention tips will help reduce fall risk in snowy/icy conditions.
Fall risk in snowy/icy weather increases with age especially when factors like lack of foot sensation, visibility, cognition and balance are present. However, certain precautions can help reduce the chance of falling and being seriously injured. Though the best precaution is to avoid walking in the snow and ice. After all, wouldn’t you rather stay home where it’s warm and cozy? It’s cold out there. Brrr.
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Sheetal Patel is the director of rehabilitation at the Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant. She has a master’s degree in physical therapy with specialized training in manual therapy from Australia and has over 20 years of experience in orthopedics and geriatrics.