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Chattanooga In Home Care News | 5 Star Home Care

Do you have an older parent? Are you worried about them falling? Leslie Kernisan, MD, shares approaches that geriatricians use to assess fall risks in seniors and how to prevent falls.

Fall Risks and Seniors

Seniors and families are often quite worried about falls, and with good reason. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1-in-3 seniors fall at least once every year. In 2013, falls led to 2.5 million emergency room visits and over 700,000 hospitalizations.

Even when a fall doesn’t cause a serious injury, it’s often scary for seniors and their families. Plus, a fall is an important red flag: one of the strongest risk factors for future falls is having had a previous fall.

For these reasons, it is recommended that seniors be screened for high fall risk, and offered help preventing falls. But unfortunately, many primary care DOCTORS  are too rushed for time. Plus, most aren’t particularly trained to adapt healthcare to the needs of aging adults.

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