Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In 2000, TBI accounted for 46% of fatal falls among older adults. Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
According to AARP, over 90 percent of seniors want to remain living independently in their own home. Simply put – seniors do not want to move. Almost every senior wants to live in his or her home for as long as possible.
Nine in ten people age 70 and over currently live in conventional housing. Yet, this housing was designed and constructed with little or no thought to mobility, accessibility or safety concerns of seniors. Trying to navigate stairs, slippery bath tubs and poorly lit walkways, millions of seniors suffer falls and resulting injuries each year.
It is estimated that as many as 25% of the falls can be prevented. Prevention efforts will be enhanced when seniors, their loved ones and caregivers are offered a single online source for practical information about safety products.
Funds will be used to conduct research about products related to senior home safety and to develop the website.