One out of three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, and 20% of the falls result in serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. The injuries often make it difficult for a person to get around on their own and enjoy everyday activities. Personal independence can be impacted.
Research has identified key risk factors for falling, and many of them can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include: lower body weakness, Vitamin D deficiency, difficulties with balance and walking, medicines, vision problems, foot pain or poor footwear and hazards in the home.