Older Americans Die More From Falling Than Ever Before: How We Can Help

On June 4th, 2019, the New York Times published a very interesting and devastatingly sad article about how deadly it is to fall in the United States.

The article, entitled “Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Hereʼs How to Prevent Them” shared some pretty astounding statistics: “In 2016, the rate of death from falls for people 75 and older was 111 per 100,000 people, they found. In 2000, that rate was 52 per 100,000 people.”

JAMA, the most widely read medical journal found that for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from the year 2000 to the year 2016.

It goes on to explain the possible reasons for these falls and things that older Americans can do to prevent them, including exercise to help with their balance and of course, vision care.

“Eyesight is a crucial component when it comes to falls. Avoid bifocal or progressive lenses when walking outside. If youʼre wearing bifocals and stepping down off a curb, that changes your depth perception.”

One of the most important things we do at Slade & Baker Vision Center is help older Americans with their vision. One of the biggest ways we do so is in providing Laser Cataract Surgery, but we provide all vision solutions for both older and younger Americans to help them avoid falls.

Articles like this really hit home since we hear about older people falling but don’t realize the implications or the mortality of the situation. As the article so clearly points out – people are definitely living longer. Unfortunately, they have to do so with aging eyes, and we can help.

If your loved one needs vision care and you would like options, please contact our center today at 713-626-5544!

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