The wet and cold weather of winter brings with it slippery walking surfaces and fall hazards. There are many types of injuries common to a fall – some are relatively minor but some can be life-threatening or even fatal, especially to an older individual.
For those 65 and older, falls are the most frequent case of nonfatal as well as fatal injuries, and most fractures suffered by older adults are caused by falls. Falls are also the most common cause of head injuries. Seniors who have suffered a previous fall may become fearful of activity and lead a more sedentary lifestyle. The potential for falls as we age carries with it far-ranging consequences.