As people grow older, the consequences of falls grow more serious. Studies show that 50% of senior patients admitted to a hospital for a fall injury, will die within one year. Falls are the most common cause of fatal injury in people 65 or more years old. Fractures from falls are a leading cause of disability and commonly result in loss of independence. Most falls happen in the home and can be avoided.
Hazards such as poor lighting, narrow stairs, and slippery surfaces can increase the chances of a fall. Reduced fitness can lead to weakened muscles, and prescription medicines can cause dizziness, fatigue, or vision problems - all of which can be contributing factors.