The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has released a Fast Facts report naming falls as the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries or TBI.
Wane.com reported on the details of the third installment of the Fast Fact report, which is based on information collected within Allen County Indiana.
The report focuses on the hazards facing those age 65 or older, as statistically two-thirds of those who experience a fall will experience a second one within six months. The older population also tends to underestimate the seriousness of falling.
To prevent falling, healthcare providers should review older patients’ medicines to ensure that dizziness or drowsiness are not an issue. Regular hearing and vision checks also help create a safer home environment without risks of tripping.
This report is only studying a small portion of the U.S. population, but they also provide a glimpse at the rates across the country. In a time when a lot of the focus in TBI research is on athletics, it is important not to forget the issues resulting from more common things, like a simple fall.