Fall Risks for Older Adults
Activities that take place in the bathroom,
such as showering and bathing, are a simple part
of most peoples’ daily routine. Yet, slips in
the tub and falls in the shower or from the
toilet may cause serious injuries.
New CDC Research
According to a new CDC study published in the
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), an
estimated 234,000 people ages 15 and older were
treated in U.S. emergency departments (ED) in
2008 for injuries that occurred in bathrooms.
Four out of 5 of these injuries were caused by
falls—which can have especially serious
consequences for older adults.
Almost one-third (30 percent) of adults aged
65 and above who were injured in bathrooms were
diagnosed with fractures. Among adults aged 85
and older, 38 percent were hospitalized as a
result of their injuries...more