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By Dr. Venkit Iyer, MD, FACS

This may sound silly when we say to the elderly: “Many problems start with a simple fall.”

Statistics show that a total of 29,688 Americans older than 65 years old died from falls and related problems in the year of 2016. About one in four senior citizens sustain a serious fall each year prompting three million visits to emergency department of hospitals across the country.

A number of these falls are seemingly minor at home but result in serious problems such as fractures, chest injuries and head injuries. More over the fall and subsequent interventions can leave the person permanently disabled and can snow ball into an end of life situation.

Conditions that make one more likely to fall include the following:

Sporting injuries are another main reason for falls. They are higher with contact sports such as football, basketball, hockey, or soccer. Injuries are higher with skiing, snow boarding, roller blading, horseback riding, parasailing, bungee jumping, parachute jumping, where there is less chance of balancing and control by the individual.

One should consider risk-reducing measures in the house such as:

CDC has a website for instructions and educational materials at (which stands for Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries). Another site for information is (National Council on Aging) and enter falls in the search box.

Excerpted with permission from “Aging Well and Reaching Beyond” by Venkit S. Iyer, MD, FACS; published by Evershine Books (

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