"More and more American seniors are remaining active as they age, which is a very positive and healthy trend; however, as we age our bones become more brittle and the risk of serious injury from falling down also increases," said James H. Beaty, MD, president of AAOS. "Seniors can help protect themselves against injuries by making some very simple changes around the house and by adopting an ongoing exercise regime.
"One in three adults over age 65 falls each year in the United States, adds Chuck Kimmel, ATC, president of NATA. "Falling injuries for senior citizens can be not only traumatic, but also life threatening and the healing process is slower. Incorporating balance, strength and flexibility routines into daily activities is essential to stave off the risk of falling."
NATA and AAOS offer active seniors the following guidelines to guard against injuries caused by falling: