Elderly individuals experience injuries more rapidly than younger people. Their age makes them more vulnerable to injuries that are also harder to heal in many cases. Let’s take a look at a few common injuries that elderly adults experience more often than younger people. With this information you may be able to stay a little bit safer or help someone that you love achieve that goal.
The risk of a hematoma increases as we age because the brain shrinks in size. A hematoma may occur as the result of a minor injury and causes a pool of blood to compound in crucial areas of the brain. A hematoma is usually very mild.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that hip fractures are one of the most common injuries experienced by people over 60 years old. Thousands of people are hospitalized for hip fractures every year. Recovering can be just as painful and time consuming. These fractures often require total hip replacement surgery.
Wrist fractures also occur more often as we age with people over 50 years old experiencing them more often than younger people. Protect your wrists with guards, shields, and common sense.
A hand fracture can also cause severe pain for an elderly adult (or a person of any age for that matter.) These problems occur often in people who use their hands repeatedly. Waitresses and people who work in construction are among them.
Elderly adults can experience any of the injuries above as well as dozens of others. Preventing an injury is not so easy after age 50 but by taking added time and precautions, is certainly possible. Preventing injuries such as those listed is worth a little extra time on the day.