What About Seniors And Falls – Part 1 of 3
What About Seniors And Falls. Many seniors don’t effect their doctors they’ve had a fall because they’re worried they’ll be told they can’t live on their own anymore, a medical doctor says. Millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, fewer than half tell their doctor, the researchers noted. “They’re distressed about other people becoming concerned about safety issues at home and the potential that they may have to move from their home to assisted living or a nursing home,” Dr Nicole Osevala, an internal nostrum specialist at Penn State University, said in a school news release. Seniors also don’t want others to worry about them.
So “If they fall and don’t have a serious injury, they don’t want to annoy their kids or loved ones”. But she urged seniors to tell their doctor about any falls so the causes can be pinpointed and corrected. Chronic health conditions such as osteoarthritis and nerve mutilate in the feet and other extremities – called peripheral neuropathy – can increase the risk of falls, as can recent changes in health.