NEWS AND EVENTS April 2012Falls in older adults have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors' chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. Close to 50 percent of older adults can't get up from a fall without help. Lying on the floor for an extended period of time can lead to serious complications including pressure ulcers, rhabdomyolysis, pneumonia, hypothermia, dehydration, and even death. The first line of defense in falls safety is to prevent falls, but the reality is not all falls can be prevented. The second line of defense is to prevent long lie times after the fall which can lead to these serious health complications which negatively impact the quality of life for seniors and are costly to the healthcare system. Researchers, led by Christine Bishop, PhD, a professor at Brandeis University's Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Waltham, Mass., found that Medicare spent more than $8 billion in 1999 to treat injuries to seniors, accounting for 6% of Medicare fee-for-service claims for these beneficiaries. One in five seniors in fee-for-service Medicare was treated for an injury in 1999 at a cost of $1,272 per incident, the study said. The Council on Aging, through its Case Management program, can come to your home to do a fall risk assessment to help prevent falls in your home. The Council can also install our Lifeline Medical Alert Service in the event you do have a fall. The Lifeline service enables seniors to call for help in their home in case of a fall, medical or other emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Lifeline and the Council on Aging, providing the opportunity for independence.
We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to get the help you need if you ever do have a fall. The Council on Aging, Providing the Opportunity for Independence.
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