Yesterday I was on a ladder adjusting part of the background for Hackard Law's podcasting studio. Today I'm researching facts related to accidental deaths for those 65 years and older. The National Center for Health Statistics report on deaths from unintentional injury among adults aged 65 and over is a must-read for seniors and those who care for seniors. One takeaway - if you are a senior, stay off a ladder! The report shows that 55% of all unintentional injury deaths among adults aged 65 and over are due to falls. Wow - now that is a big number - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 27,000 older Americans die each year from fall injuries.
So the CDC is working on an initiative to encourage healthcare providers to share information with patients about falls and fall prevention. This is a real problem - one out of four older Americans fall each year. And CDC studies show that some medication may make you more likely to fall. The CDC recommends that homes be made safer by getting rid of fall hazards. The CDC also encourages seniors to participate in programs like Tai Chi that can improve balance and strengthen your legs.
I'm a senior and my law firm, Hackard Law, serves many seniors in the major urban areas of California. It looks like we all should take the CDC report to heart. And by the way - I think that we should stay off ladders.