More seniors looking for ways to reduce falls

Bryan Aldrige

November 4, 2011

Preparing for an earthquake and knowing what to do in the event of one is very useful!Falling can be deadly for seniors, especially for those who live alone. The fear of falling among the senior population is growing, causing many to turn to taking classes on fall-prevention as a means to help reduce their chances of taking a spill, Stars News Online reports.

For Corinne Ryan and her husband Donald, both in their 80s, the fear of falling started to get to them. To combat the anxiety it caused, the couple is now taking a class titled A Matter of Balance at their local church.

"I said to my husband, 'Maybe we ought to go to see if we can do things to protect us from falling,'" Ryan told the publication. "A fall could be very dangerous to anybody, but even more dangerous for older folk."

According to numerous studies, her fears hold merit. A study published last year in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection and Critical Care, found that seniors ages 70 and older who had ground-level falls were more likely to be severely injured or die from the fall, in comparison to those who had similar falls who were younger than 70.

Seniors worried about falling in their homes may want to install a senior alert system. This device allows a person to call for help in an instant during an emergency.