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Why are older people more susceptible to slip-and-fall accidents?

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Apr 6, 2017 4:15:07 PM

As a senior living in New York, you face the risk of falling down every day. Granted, the same could be said for all state residents, but there are a number of age-related factors that place you at higher risk of a slip-and-fall-related injury than the general population.

Per AgingCare.com, you may be more likely to take multiple prescription medications as you get older, and some of these medications, such as certain sedatives and others designed to treat depression, can cause dizziness and related side effects. Mixing medications may intensify these effects, further enhancing your chances of tripping over something or otherwise losing your balance and taking a spill as a result.

As an older person, you may also have more surgeries than you did when you were younger, and this, too, boosts your chances of suffering a fall and an associated injury. Certain procedures common among your age group, such as hip replacement surgeries, can make you more susceptible to falling, because they may make you weaker or more prone to favoring one side over the other.

Your overall decline in physical condition and health also may be a contributing factor. If you are like many people, your level of activity tends to decrease over time, and this can lead to bone loss or a reduction in strength or flexibility, all of which can make you more prone to falling. Not all risk factors are age-specific, however. Environmental factors, such as sidewalks that are not properly cleared or exposed wires in walking areas, may also lead to falls and related injuries.

This information about slip-and-fall risks is meant to be educational in nature, but it is not intended to be taken as legal advice. 

Topics: Premises Liability

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