Preventive Action against falls for Senior Citizens
Bone fractures caused by accidental falls are on the increase for senior citizens. These falls often cause severe damage that may need hospitalization and surgery also. Some patients may also require extended care for years before they get back their health.
A number of such cases were detailed by the WNY (Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York). It also announced the allocation of $500000 to promote a program of awareness to prevent such falls. The program was also supposed to provide details about precautions that could be taken at home to prevent such falls. Medical professionals were also provided details on these measures.
This program is expected to encourage the work of the WNY Falls Prevention group. Its job is to keep elderly people safe and secure at home by preventing falls. It is estimated that these accidental falls are behind most of the injuries sustained by senior citizens. Recent surveys show that one in three elderly people have a fall each year and almost 10% of these cases may require hospitalization. Though these falls can hardly be stopped altogether, a program that generates concern about these issues and makes the elderly more conscious and aware is more than welcome. The most important concern is that too many of these cases require hospitalization and long term care as a result. Social consciousness and awareness programs can help by guiding these people on being more careful about their movements.
The case of Erie County is case in point. On an average, this county recorded 45 deaths arising from falls between 2002 and 2003. This is a statistic that was recently released by the Bureau of Injury Prevention. The report also highlighted the fact that more than 5100 people received treatments at emergency centers because of these falls. Of those treated, 71% were women. The hospitalization charges that were paid as a result of these falls came up to nearly $16500.
There is an additional stress that is caused to the family members of these victims. Since these falls often result in long term injuries to the aged people, they cause a lot of stress, both financial and emotional, to the caregivers.
An additional concern is that most of these elderly people do not share information about a fall they had with their children. They fear intervention on the part of the child. This can often result n their condition going undetected.
The funds provided by the community are expected to help generate projects that will build awareness in these areas. There are a number of recipients who are part of this program.
The organizers hope that an increasing awareness will help prevent most of the falls suffered by the elderly.
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