We have previously addressed the seriousness and severity of falls on this blog before, but research has shown that falls are causing an increase in brain injuries, such as concussions, in elderly brains as of late.
While falls don’t always sound serious, it is important for us to recognize that 27,000 Americans die each year from falls. It is especially a problem with the elderly population because if they are living alone without someone regularly checking in on them, they could suffer a fall that no one ever finds out about.
Often times, the elderly population even feels compelled to hide a history of falls because they are concerned that they will no longer be able to age in place in their homes, and in turn, lose some of their independence.
Check out this article from Stat News about the upward trend in resulting effects from falls in the elderly population and for additional information about why we should take caution and work to prevent the occurrence of falls: https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/16/falls-elderly-brains/