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Who Is At Risk for Falls?

Men are more likely than women to die from a fall, with a fatality rate that is 49% higher than women. Women, however, are more likely than men to have a non-fatal injury from a fall — like a broken bone. This leads to more frequent — and longer — hospital admissions for women.

Not surprisingly, the risk of serious injury from a fall increases with age. In 2001, the rates of injury for adults 85 and older was four to five times that of adults age 65 to 74.

Medications can also increase the risk of falling. Research shows that individuals who are taking 4 or more medications are at greater risk of falling.

People with poor vision from cataracts, glaucoma as well as old prescription lenses are at increased fall risk.

As to ethnicity, Caucasian women have a much greater rate of fall-related hip fractures than African American women. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Caucasians and African Americans experience almost the same rates of fatal falls. And non-Hispanics generally have a higher rate of fatal falls than Hispanics.

If any of these factors apply to you, take steps to reduce your chance of falling.

Reviewed: 4/8/19

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What to know about bone health
and fracture prevention during COVID-19

  • Remove fall dangers in your home.
  • Stay physically active, and at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat for proper nutrition, and take a supplement if needed to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stick with your osteoporosis medicines and ask your doctor for extra if you’re unable to go to the pharmacy.
  • If you are due for Reclast, there is little concern about delaying for a few weeks or months.
  • If you take Prolia or Evenity injections, don’t miss your appointment.  Some facilities offer “drive-through” injections. Check with your doctor.
  • Bone density testing can be postponed, if necessary.
  • Speak with your doctor about the possibility of telephone and video visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page with steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching the virus if you have a chronic illness.

Be well. We are here for you if you have any questions.