Older Americans Fearful, Embarrassed About Discussing Falls Despite Looming Threat of Injury

November 12, 2017

The Wall Street Journal (11/12, Sadick, Subscription Publication, 6.45M) reported Americans aged 65 and older face the danger of falling, yet often do not disclose incidents of falls to family or healthcare professionals due to embarrassment or fear of losing independence. According the CDC, nearly half of older Americans do not tell anyone about instances of falls, which the piece said can lead to patients becoming more fearful and sedentary, which in turn increases their risks of additional injuries. The CDC also found that falls are the leading cause of injury and death for older Americans. The article quoted elder care and healthcare professionals who recommended strategies for seniors and medical providers to approach discussions on falls as well as ways to prevent them.

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