Seniors may be ill-prepared for falls


November 10, 2011

Seniors may be ill-prepared for fallsAs more seniors are living healthy well into their late 70s and 80s, many continue to age in place without much anxiety or need for assistance. However, a new study titled The Lifeline Reports on Aging in Canada, finds that most seniors may actually be at a greater risk for catastrophe than they know, Digital Journal reports.

Researchers survyed 1,000 Canadians aged 73 and older and found that 95 percent of those in the study viewed aging independently at home as either their top priority or very important to them. Although many can do so successfully, accidents can still occur. Without proper support, seniors may suffer falls and no one will know.

The survey found that 86 percent of participants rely on always being able to reach and use a telephone in case of an emergency, and 10 percent said they would try to get help on their own by getting up or yelling. Another 26 percent said they didn't know when help would arrive as visitors aren't a daily occurrence.

Because of this, seniors aging in place may want to consider installing a medical alert system into their homes. This way they can remain independent and reach for help in an instant should they fall.