Falls among senior adults have risen

Senior adults are affected by various things, like most people, but the rise of falling is an apparent issue especially for those above 65-years-old.

Specifically in California, the falls resulting in emergency room visits since 2010 among senior adults 65 years and older have gradually increased.

In 2010, the total number was 167,785 people and in the first six months of 2016, from January to June, the number is already at 117,798 people.

The chart below provided by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) shows the year-by-year rise in California:

Obviously, there's a problem that needs a solution, but every county is different and some have seen a decrease or stayed around the same number through the years.

Sacramento County is not one of them, witnessing this increase first hand.

In 2015, the number of falls reached it's highest peak ever at 8,540 people.

Now, since these statistics are of senior adults who visit emergency rooms, what can these falls cause and what are conditions contributing to falls?

Well, falls are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries and more than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The research collected by the CDC showed many conditions contributing to these falls. This includes, lower body weakness, Vitamin D deficiency, uses of medicines such as sedatives and antidepressants, vision problems, foot in pain, home hazards and more.

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