How often do older people get hurt in Falls?
One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury ,4,5 Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. 6 Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. 6
How many people are hospitalized each year from falls?
Falls Are Serious and Costly. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. 6 Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures. 7 More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, 8 usually by falling sideways.
What can be done to prevent elderly from falling?
Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include: Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
What should I do if I think I’m going to fall?
Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might make you dizzy or sleepy. This should include prescription medicines and over-the counter medicines.
Where do you start on the Springer Mountain Trail?
Many hikers that plan a day, overnight, or long distance trip on the Trail start from this USFS parking area. The lot, however, is about two hours from Amicalola Falls State Park and many long distance hikers choose to start their journey on the A.T. from the base of the falls at the State Park.
How tall is Springer Mountain from Amicalola Falls?
If you choose to ascend from the base of Amicalola Falls (1,700 feet) to Springer Mountain (3,782 feet) you will climb well over 2000 feet by the time you reach Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the A.T.
Where does the approach trail start and end?
The Approach Trail is a connector trail to the Appalachian Trail and the 8.1 mile blue-blazed route starts at the visitors center in Amicalola Falls State Park.
Why is there elevation change on Springer Mountain?
The reason is that Woody Knob, Frosty Mountain and Black Mountain are located on this route and there is a fair amount of elevation change regardless of your direction.