Did you know that March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month?
We were not surprised to hear that falls are the leading cause of TBI (traumatic brain injury) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “TBI is a preventable public health issue.” They [falls] cause more than 81% of all TBIs among adults aged 65 and older.
Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.
And among older adults, rates of fall-related TBI hospitalization increase with age, with the rate for persons aged 85 or older more than twice that of persons aged 75-84 years and six times that of persons aged 65-74 years.
Check back for additional articles that will be posted throughout the month covering: TBI signs and symptoms, preventing falls among older adults, and TBI resources & tools.
In the meantime, many falls can be prevented by maintain a regular exercise routine and taking one of our local classes.
Visit us at www.fallpreventiontrainer.com to learn more about a FUN and SIMPLE way to prevent falls in older adults!