Some diseases common in adults over age 65, like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis put those with the conditions at a significantly higher likelihood of suffering a serious fall. But combining prevention and preparation can help you or your loved one stay safer and healthier.
Know the Fall Risks
Who is more at risk of a fall that requires hospitalization: Someone with COPD or diabetes? What if you have more than one chronic condition?
Prevention & Preparation in the Face of Increased Fall Risk
As people age, they experience physical changes that increase the likelihood of falls: reflexes slow, muscle mass decreases and visions worsens. But add a chronic condition, and your chances of a serious fall multiply exponentially.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Cognitive impairment increases the chance of serious falls by 50+%. Learn more and get tips to avoid them.
COPD & Asthma
Studies show a direct link between COPD and fall risk in older adults. Find out how to manage your symptoms and risk.
This condition can lead to neuropathy, stroke, kidney disease and more — adding to a senior’s fall risk. Learn more.
42.2 million seniors in the U.S. live with heart disease and the accompanying greater risk for falls. Find out what you can do.
Osteoporosis & Arthritis
When natural muscle loss combines with arthritis, sufferers are more likely to fall. Try these tips for prevention and preparation.
Fall Proofing your home
Simple changes can help make your home safer. The section called fall proofing your home offers some tips for preventing falls at home.