Former senator George McGovern suffers injuries after falling
December 22, 2011
Senior falls can happen to the elderly at any time. Just recently, former South Dakota senator and past presidential candidate George McGovern, suffered a fall that landed him in the hospital for multiple days, USA Today reports.
McGovern was heading to appear on a live C-SPAN broadcast of the upcoming presidential campaign when he tripped on the pavement outside the studio, landing on his face.
Don Simmons, the executive director of the McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University, said that the fall was far more serious than a tumble.
"[When he was] about 10 feet from the door he slipped and fell and hit his head," Simmons, who was at the scene of the accident, told the publication. "He was bleeding pretty heavily."
After the fall, he was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital were he remained for five days to heal, but no other information on his injuries were released, Time magazine reports.
Because falls are such a real threat to senior health, those aging in place and living alone may want to install a senior alert system into their homes. This way, if a fall or any other accident occurs, they'll be able to call for help in an instant.