What Costs Billions per Year and is the Leading Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  These falls can cause devastating consequences; falls are the most common cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries, according to a study cited by the CDC.  The cost of falls exceeded $19 billion in 2000, and with a growing Senior citizen population, this number is expected to rise.
How can you prevent a catastrophic fall?
Exercise is important, but need not be rigorous.   Interestingly, the CDC lists “Tai Chi” as an optimal exercise.  Tai Chi is known for its calm and relaxing methods, as opposed to more traditional, rigorous exercise.  If you are interested in learning more about Tai Chi, you should checkout this program by James Pang, Tai Chi expert.
If you or a loved-one has experienced a fall, ask your doctor whether it is possible medication has played a role.  Not only can medications cause dizziness but they can also affect mood, which can in turn lead to a different pattern of mannerisms and behaviors.
Declining vision can lead to catastrophic falls.  Your first resource should be your doctor who can assess your eyesight, prescription lenses, and balance.  Natural vision correction solutions do exist and have gained popularity in recent years, but there is no substitute for an in-person evaluation.
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About Evan H Farr, CELA, CAP

Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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