Thanks to many advancements in modern medicine and technology, today’s elders are living longer and leading healthier lives than they were decades ago. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported there were 40.3 million people aged 65 and older. Additionally, the Census Bureau projects that the 65 and older age demographic will make up 20% of the U.S. population by the year 2050.
Despite the longevity of the aging population, seniors remain one of the most vulnerable groups to be injured or killed as a result of slips and falls. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that one in three senior citizens (65 and older) will experience a fall that may lead to a serious injury or even death every year. Subsequently, half of all fall victims will fall again. With each fall increases the chance for hospitalization, a move to assisted living, and difficult discussions among family members regarding the “next step”. Emotional and physical pain are not the only result of falls and injuries. The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reveals the hefty financial burden of falls equal about $34 billion in medical costs.
At Elderly Safety, we’re always looking out for the safety and well-being of seniors of any age and ability. Our mission is to help keep the elder population healthy, happy, and most importantly, safe. Whether you are a caregiver of an elder or are an independent senior, preventative measures are a priority in preventing falls and slips. Let Elderly Safety lead you on the path to safety.