I was just 25 years old and living alone for my first time. I had taken a shower early on a Saturday morning to prepare for a long day of chores and errands. As I stepped into the bathroom and went to lean for something I slipped on some water on the tile floor and fell. But I didn’t just fall. I went down hard, hitting the sink and the toilet on the way down, landing on my back. There I lay, thriving in instant pain and shock. After a few moments lying there, with my puppy licking my face, I decided it was time to get up. However, I struggled to do so. That wasn’t the first time I’ve had a terrible slip and fall and it certainly wasn’t the last.
As I laid there on my bathroom floor, in excruciating pain that later illustrated itself in a mosaic of bruising all over my body, I had a thought. I am alone. What if I had hit my head on my marble sink just right and knocked myself out? What if I had not been able to get up on my own? I was a great distance from a phone and nobody was expecting me anywhere so they wouldn’t suspect anything to be wrong until Monday. What if I wasn’t 25?
That’s when it truly occurred to me that as much time as I spend researching falls in seniors, we are all vulnerable. The difference is, had I been 30 or 40 years older when I fell, I probably wouldn’t have survived it. Then I thought back to those what ifs. The odds that I will fall again, numerous times as I age are likely being the klutz that I am. If I am alone again when it happens, I will likely die alone, in pain, on the floor or ground.
Often when I discuss the issue of falling with others, they seem to adopt some kind of invincibility complex where it seems impossible to them that they could ever slip, trip or fall. But by outfitting themselves with denial, they are inviting danger. So answer me this…Have you ever fallen in your life? Have you ever fallen at your pique of youth and fitness. Yeah, me too. So don’t you think its possible that you could fall when you’ve become weaker and less coordinated? If you’ve answered “No”, than I am sorry my friend but you are in denial, ignorant, and WRONG. You’re living in a fool’s paradise! If you’ve answered “yes”, then I want you to consider these facts and realize that just one phone call to The Senior Living Concierge or a local Senior Advisor could save you from becoming one of these statistics.
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries.
- Falls are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries which lead to dementia and other diseases or seizures.
- One out of every 4 seniors that fracture a hip in a fall will die within six months.
Call to Action:
If you or anyone you know is over the age of 55 you are at a serious and increasing risk for falling. The odds that a fall will kill you, increase with every month that you age. If you live alone, the risk for death is dramatically higher among fall victims. Falling is a tragic and unnecessary cause of death, injury, and depression among aging adults. Don’t be a victim, and don’t allow anyone else you know to either.
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Just Remember: One fall could end it all!