The US survey shows that African-American adults had the lowest rates of injurious falls compared to all other racial groups, at 5.5 percent. White adults had a rate of about 15.5 percent, and Asian adults a rate of 11 percent. (Credit: iStockphoto)
“A survey of residential care facilities has uncovered several risk factors for falls, one of the leading causes of injury-related death for older adults in the US.
“Residential care facilities are different from nursing homes in that the seniors who live in them may require less help in everyday living.
“The survey shows that those most at risk for falls were women in need of assistance with at least one activity of daily living (e.g. dressing, walking) and those living in larger facilities.”
This Purdue University article warns that younger people fall, too: “Don’t let youth trip you; more than 50 percent young adults fall, trip.”
Maintaining strength is an aid to preventing falls; this is a good article: “The 5 Easiest, Most Effective Exercises to Do at Home – The least intimidating moves for people who hate working out.”
“Is your eyesight putting you at risk for a fall?“
If you have vision problems such as cataract, glaucoma, or macular degeneration, you could be at risk for falling. Older adults with vision loss are more likely to fall than those without vision problems. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk.