The world population is aging at an unprecedented pace. By 2050, the world’s senior population aged 65 and older will reach 1.5 billion, and the number of persons aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050
Most seniors grow old in their own homes and in the communities nearby, and many of them live alone. Seniors are facing with many threats to their health and safety.
One of which is fall, which often causes muscle necrosis, disability, loss of independence, and even death.
Falls can be serious and costly
· 3 millions of older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year
· $50 billion is spent on medical cost related to non-fatal fall injuries each year in the US alone
· 7 Fall deaths every hour in 2030 if rates continue to rise in the US
1. Use of medicine
Side effects of current use of medicine can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet
2. Home hazards or dangers
Broken or uneven steps; throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over: power cord etc
3. Difficulties with walking and balance
As age grows, older people might find it hard to maintain balance when walking
How to prevent falls
1. Talk to your doctor
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.
2. Do strength and balance exercise
Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance.
Adequate calcium and vitamin D from foods and supplements
Screening and treatment for osteoporosis
Side effect of medication: dizziness or drowsiness
3. Make your home safer
Get rid of things you could trip over.
Add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet.
Put railings on both sides of stairs.
Make sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.
4. Use assistive technology
Our Cypress product helps seniors living independently with the ease of mind for family members.
· Senior’s real-time activities can be monitored while privacy is 100% protected with stick figure output.
· Fall risk analysis and behavior recognition are built-in the sensor for prevention.
· This automated care technology can improve quality of life and reduce cost of services.