Dangerous Falls On The Rise!

June 14, 2018 CaptionCall 7 comments

A recent study has shown that deadly falls are on the rise among seniors in the United States. According to the lead researcher, Elizabeth Burns, at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, “Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 and older.”  You can read more about it here: https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20180511/deadly-falls-on-the-rise-among-us-seniors#1

There are some basic things you can do to limit the risk of falling as you age:

  1. Stay active – Get your body moving with a walk or other regular exercise to strengthen those muscles.
  2. Prepare your area – Install grab bars in bathrooms and tubs, and eliminate clutter and unnecessary obstacles like small tables, extra chairs, and throw rugs in your home.
  3. Consider your footwear – Wear shoes and slippers that have nonslip soles.

Another safety tip is to get your hearing checked.  That may surprise some of you.  A study performed at Johns Hopkins showed that hearing loss was linked to a three-fold risk of falling. Hearing loss is so simple to take action for, there is no reason to let it be the cause of a serious fall. You can read more about that study here: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_three_fold_risk_of_falling

With serious falls on the rise, we need to make a special effort to protect ourselves (and our loved ones) as we age. Don’t let something as simple as laundry on the floor be the reason you need to visit the emergency room.  And don’t wait to have your hearing checked either.  Actively tending to your hearing health can make a big difference.

CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss.  CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified.  CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.  To learn more about how to qualify for a no-cost CaptionCall phone, visit www.CaptionCall.com

Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator


7 Comments on “Dangerous Falls On The Rise!

  1. This study raises some interesting questions. As a severely hearing impaired physician, I have long wondered about the emotional and cognitive effects associated with hearing loss. If you can't hear, why bother to pay attention? This could lead to missed cues in all aspects of life, not just physical ones involving falls. I hope that this study will lead to further work in this area.

  2. "A study performed at Johns Hopkins showed that hearing loss was linked to a three-fold risk of falling." How is hearing loss linked to a 3-fold increase in falls? Can you please explain the link?

  3. I recently fell down on the sidewalk and really went down hard! Being deaf, with Fibromyalgia, it took me three days to get over it, before I could walk and do things again. My friend that I was with, told me that I do not pick up my feet, that I drag them. I am wondering if that is a common thing among the deaf? So far this year I have fallen four times. Tearing up my legs, bruises, very painful. Thanks! Oh and by the way, I am 60 years old.

  4. Thank you for your helpful hints. my Caption phone is unhooked due to the owner of the property had to install the air condishioner.

  5. I think this falling is true for me, as a small child I fell off of a porch my Dad was building, I am sure I was under 4 years old. so for me not hearing has been a long life time of not understanding a lot of people, and I am deaf in one ear and wear the best aid with 3 channels, I love it, but still have difficulty understanding speech, a lot of people mumble too, and I ask to be looked at when talking to me and get closer and some lips I can read and some NO. I avoid a lot of things because of my hearing loss, but love what little bit of hearing I get from an aid.

  6. Thank you, Caption Call for posting this information.

    I hope that my experience with hearing loss, yoga and balance training will help other Caption Call customers.

    Through my over 14 years of practicing yoga and over 7 years of teaching it, I have dramatically improved my balance. My meditation practice improved the quality of sound and percent of hearing loss. I specialize in teaching seniors. One 91-year old who wears hearing aids said, “How come I can understand you, but not anyone else.” I replied, “Because I know how to project my voice, speak distinctly, and talk slowly.” If you remind people to do these things, it definitely helps.

    I have had special training and am certified in Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT), Yoga for Healthy Aging (C-YFHA), Integrative Yoga for Seniors (C-IYFS), and am an Experienced Yoga teacher (E-RYT). I would look for people with these certifications if you want to do yoga.

    I have written a book: Age Without Limits: Over 200 Chair and Standing Yoga Poses for Seniors and the Health-Challenged.


    Meditation, breathing, poses for every part of the body, balance, props, and sequences of poses are all covered. Every poses has step-by-step instructions and pictures to follow. I highly suggest it for those who have a fear of falling.

    I teach workshops for seniors at A Mindfulness Life Center in Scottsdale, AZ.


    I would love to teach you!

  7. Some of my older relations have has serious falls. It's really scary when this happens because they often can't move from where they fell. There definitely needs to be more awareness surrounding this subject.

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