March 20, 2017

Falls Are the Leading Cause of Injury to Seniors: Essential Facts and Statistics

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Courtesy of –
Karina Tama – Rutigliano
Digital Marketing Manager
Caring People Home Healthcare Agency

Falls Are the Leading Cause of Injury to Seniors: Essential Facts and Statistics

Falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors, both fatal and non-fatal.[i] Falls pose a significant threat to seniors’ safety and independence, and as a result, give rise to enormous economic and personal costs. Seniors are currently considered the fastest growing age group worldwide.[ii] In recent years, the number of elderly adults has been increasing across the board. In 1996, there were 323 million people in the world above 65 years of age. That number increased to 440 million by 2010 and is predicted to reach 1,555 million by 2050.[iii]

Fall Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:[iv]

  • Roughly 25% of Americans aged 65 and over fall every year.
  • Falls cause over 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments per year, including more than 800,000 cases that require hospitalization and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • It is estimated that every 11 seconds, a senior adult receives emergency room treatment for injuries sustained in a fall, while every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Fall injury-related costs amounted to $34 billion in 2013.
  • The expenses associated with older adult falls are likely to increase further, as the population ages, By 2020 it will be about $67.7

Significant Research

One significant study reported in the Oxford Journals that as a direct consequence of falling, 139 respondents (68.1%) suffered physical injury, 48 respondents (23.5%) sought medical services, and 35 respondents (17.2%) actually needed treatment. 5.9% of the respondents suffered major physical trauma. Concerning medical treatment, in 21 respondents (10.3%) medication was prescribed or changed, whereas 16 respondents (7.9%) were referred to a hospital. Seventy-two respondents (35.3%) reported a decline in functional status, 34 respondents (16.7%) reported a decline in social activities, and 31 respondents (15.2%) reported a decline in physical activities as a direct consequence of their most recent fall. Over 90% of respondents were less physically active for more than one week.[v]

Another study first reported in 2013 a review of reported fall injuries in medical literature from 1995 to 2010 and found that falls among the senior population are associated to a large diversity of more or less severe and undesired physical consequences.[vi] A total of four categories were considered for injuries: fractures, bruises, injuries, and “other” physical consequences. In this review it was observed that fractures resulting from a fall can occur in almost every area of the body. However, hip fractures and other various bone fractures are the most referenced in the literature reviewed, with 37.9% and 27.5% incidence, respectively.[vii]

Studies showing that falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors, may vary regarding the percentage of respondents suffering serious injury or requiring extensive medical treatment. One fact is clear, though: the physical effects of falls in the elderly are serious.

Falls Are the Leading Cause of Injury To Seniors

Falls can result in a variety of outcomes from no injuries sustained, to relatively minor injuries, to serious injuries and even death.

Physical injuries can include:

  • Pain – Pain, ranging from minor aches to severe, debilitating pain, is an indicator of underlying conditions and very often prevents healing.
  • Bruising – Bruising often develops after the initial trauma and can be aggravated by existing medical conditions or medications.
  • Scratches and other superficial wounds – Contact with rough surfaces or other objects during or as a result of a fall can cause scratching or cutting of the skin. While these wounds are generally minor, underlying medical conditions or medication régimes often found in elderly people can complicate the healing process.
  • Hematomas – This is a collection of blood, usually clotted, in a tissue or organ, caused by a break in a blood vessel. These can range from a simple bruise to extreme swelling, pain, restricted movement, and numbness or tingling. These signs usually mean that a serious condition is developing.
  • Lacerations – A laceration is a deep cut or tear in the skin. Such a deep wound is normally accompanied by steady bleeding and pain. If a difficulty exists with blood clotting, such as may be a side-effect of some medications, lacerations can be deadly.
  • Fractures – Fractures are any type of breakage in the bones. As a person ages, the bones become less durable and more susceptible to breakage. As referenced in one of the studies above, fractures are the most-sustained fall-related injury. In fact, hip fractures caused by falls account for roughly 25% of injury deaths among those over 65, and for about 34% of deaths among those 85 or older.[viii]
  • Intracranial bleeding – Intracranial bleeding is bleeding within the skull, most often due to a head injury. This type of injury is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate treatment.
  • Death – Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies as the result of a fall.


Fall injuries in the elderly have serious consequences, which place severe burdens on families and heavy demands on healthcare systems. Research has proven that as a person ages, the risk for a fall and a fall-related injury increases. In addition to physical injuries, a fall can also have an effect on the level of functioning. Fall victims require increased assistance with caring for basic and personal needs. Those who have suffered a fall often fear falling again and, as a result, severely curtail their activities. This inactivity contributes to the increased risk of a second and subsequent falls due to muscle atrophy and joint stiffness. Inactive people do not heal from injuries as fast as those who are more active.

While falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors, recovering from fall-related injuries and subsequent avoidance of activity also places a severe strain on the victim and their family. Fall victims should be encouraged to take advantage of all available medical and therapeutic services in order to recover as quickly as possible. Returning to as active a lifestyle as is possible will contribute to physical and mental well-being. Avoiding activity out of fear only heightens the chances of suffering another fall in the future.






[vi] European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, April 2014, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 51–59.

[vii] ibid



January 25, 2017

Please Welcome Resort Lifestyle Communities to!

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Resort Lifestyle Communities has recently partnered with to promote their beautiful communities in AL, AZ, FL, KS, ME, MO, NC, NE, NM, NY,OH, SC, TN & TX!20160908135321logo.jpg

Their listings on show community photos and floor plans, list amenities and features, and have direct contact info for all of their properties.

We look forward to connecting seniors and their loved ones with these amazing retirement communities!

You can view a description of Resort Lifestyle Communities, as well as links to their website and social media pages, and a list of all of their new listings on by clicking here.


July 8, 2016

Please welcome The Georgian to!

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11659359_455966671230071_6193672419490700539_nCheck out our newest Featured advertiser – The Georgian Apartments in Houston TX! You can view their new FEATURED ad complete with a video and links to their corporate website, clinic Facebook and Twitter profiles here –

uniiHome is not a place but a feeling of complete comfort and relaxation. Here at The Georgian, you will enjoy a community of Houston apartments perfect for independent seniors, ages fifty-five and up. Designed with a variety of recreational and residential accommodations, these one and two bedroom apartments and townhomes offer neighborhood convenience at an affordable price. Take a look around and you will see why so many are proud to call The Georgian their home.


May 10, 2016

Florida Caregiver Conference – Wednesday May 18th

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Are you caring for a child, healing spouse, veteran, or senior adult?
This is the conference for you!



November 10, 2015


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eeeeBy Rodney V. Taylor
Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta
With the holiday season in full swing, ailment you may find yourself exploring those tempting online shopping deals.

The day after Thanksgiving has nearly become a holiday of its own. “Black Friday” is the busiest shopping day of the year, with people lining up at midnight for deals as they begin the busy holiday shopping season. The Monday after that has become a virtual holiday, pun intended. “Cyber Monday” is the day Internet-savvy people search for deals, all online.

But, there’s more than one way to find value on the Internet. For example, Social Security offers many online services to the public — and they’re free and secure! Doing business online with Social Security will also save time. Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse!

Here are some of the most popular online services you’ll find at Each site is safe and secure.
1. The online Social Security Statement is a hot service that is a big hit with the millions of people who’ve used it since its launch. Your online Statement provides you with a record of your past earnings, and it uses those earnings along with projected earnings for future years to give you accurate estimates of future Social Security benefits. Open your personal my Social Security account to get your Statement today. Just go to

2. The Retirement Estimator is an easy way to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits. Just enter some basic information and the Estimator will use information on your Social Security record, along with what you input, to give you a benefit estimate on the spot. You can even experiment with different scenarios, such as changing your future earnings and retirement date. Check it out in English at or in Spanish at

3. The online Retirement Application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s convenient and secure. In fact, you can apply online in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, after your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and, usually, no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. When you’re ready to retire, apply at

4. Business Services Online is our one-stop shop for small business owners. The site allows organizations and authorized people to conduct business with and submit confidential information to Social Security. Employers can use it to file W-2s for their employees the fast, convenient, and paperless way — online. Visit Business Services Online at
Social Security’s online services continually receive the highest ratings in both the public and private sectors. Each site uses the highest security to keep your information safe. We have one of the top-ranking websites for plain language, so you can easily understand the features you’re getting — no fine print to squint over.

Learn more about all you can do online at Social Security on Cyber Monday, or any day, at


Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

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Courtesy of
Chris Jenkins, cialis Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016.

The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and SSI benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The period of consideration includes the third quarter of the last year a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was made to the third quarter of the current year. As determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was no increase in the CPI-W from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015. Therefore, under existing law, there can be no COLA in 2016.

Other adjustments that would normally take effect based on changes in the national average wage index also will not take effect in January 2016. Since there is no COLA, the statute also prohibits a change in the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax, as well as the retirement earnings test exempt amounts. These amounts will remain unchanged in 2016. The attached fact sheet provides more information on 2016 Social Security and SSI changes.

The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet announced Medicare premium changes for 2016. Should there be an increase in the Medicare Part B premium, the law contains a “hold harmless” provision that protects approximately 70 percent of Social Security beneficiaries from paying a higher Part B premium, in order to avoid reducing their net Social Security benefit. Those not protected include higher income beneficiaries subject to an income-adjusted Part B premium and beneficiaries newly entitled to Part B in 2016. In addition, beneficiaries who have their Medicare Part B premiums paid by state medical assistance programs will see no change in their Social Security benefit. The state will be required to pay any Medicare Part B premium increase.

Information about Medicare changes for 2016, when available, will be found at

For additional information, please go to


September 29, 2015

Big News! ALFA is changing their name to Argentum!

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‘Argentum – Expanding Senior Living’ reflects the evolution of the organization and industry.arg

Alexandria, Virginia – The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), which advocates for excellence in senior living, today introduced its new name and logo. The new name, Argentum, reflects the organization’s expanded direction, priorities and focus.

“Since ALFA’s formation 25 years ago, the senior living industry has undergone many changes, and is primed for many more as baby boomers begin to use our services,” said Argentum President & CEO James Balda. “Our brand transformation better represents where the industry is today as well as our vision for the future.”

Argentum, derived from the Latin word for silver, conveys strength and a sense of gravitas while giving a nod to the “silver generation” Argentum’s members serve. The new brand:
• Represents a diverse industry. No single word represents the panoply of products and services offered by Argentum’s members; thus, the new name provides flexibility to allow the industry and the association itself to grow.
• Is industry facing, but also consumer friendly. Argentum signals strength, maturity and a sense of importance – traits that resonate with both businesses and consumers.
• Celebrates the passion and commitment of senior living professionals. It’s forward looking.
Argentum’s tagline is “Expanding senior living,” which speaks to a variety of audiences while enforcing the organization’s mission to increase the visibility and acceptance of senior living as an option that people choose – not just need. On both a state and federal level, Argentum is a critical and respected leader in the industry, supporting the business operations and growth of its members.

Although the organization’s brand, logo and tagline have changed to better represent its role within this dynamic industry, Argentum’s mission remains the same: members exemplify the principles of choice, dignity and independence for seniors. To support these principles and to enhance quality of life for older adults, Argentum influences public policy, promotes business excellence and ensures an informed public. ALFA will officially transition to the Argentum brand on December 1 at its Chief Executive Summit in Scottsdale, AZ.

“It has never been a more exciting time to be working in the senior living industry,” said Argentum Board Chair Brenda J. Bacon. “Argentum represents everything we are as an organization, as well as everything we want to be.”


About Argentum
Argentum is the largest national association dedicated to professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity and quality of life for all seniors.

Sharon Cohen


September 23, 2015

New Videos Added to Listings!

Filed under: seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:17 am – the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource, is proud to announce the addition of videos to our senior housing listings! Videos capture the users interest and provide additional content and information allowing them to learn more about communities that interest them.

We’re working through the process of adding video elements to all of our Premium and Featured listings, and then will be processing all of our basic listings. If you have a community on (or would like one!) please contact us at and we’ll get you to the top of the list!

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June 4, 2015

Free Listing Alert – The Check In Service New Haven, CT 06513 888-203-6905

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It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these as we’re not currently running our “FREE WEB” promotion, Untitled-2but we were contacted by The Check In Service out of New Haven Connecticut and wanted to help them out.

The Check In Service provides exactly that – well being checks, prevention services and environmental inspections to ensure you or your loved one is safe and secure living at home. You can view their ad on by clicking here. You can also find them in EVERY search for EVERY care level in the state of Connecticut with an Area Banner we created for them, as many people do not know this service exists.



March 9, 2015


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Tin House, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2014, 2 mins.
UNCIVILIZED by Barry Lopez, Outside, September 2014, 17 mins.
WHERE PARADISE LAY by Joe Wilkins, Orion, September/October 2014, 5 mins.
FOWL WEATHER by Lucas Reilly, Mental Floss, November 2014 , 3 mins.
USELESS CREATURES by Richard Conniff
The New York Times, September 14, 2014, 9 mins.
CHICKEN RUN by Andrew Lawler, Audubon, November-December 2014, 17 mins.
by Joe Kloc, The Believer, September 2014, 29 mins.
DIXIE SNOW by Rick Bragg, Southern Living, January 2014, 4 mins.
The New York Times, December 25, 2013, 9 mins.
The New York Times, September 27, 2014, 7 mins.
TIMMY SHEEAN IS A PRIME EXAMPLE (fiction) by Gary Gildner
The Southern Review, Autumn 2014, 37 mins.
Granta, Summer 2014, 24 mins.
IN THE COURTYARD by Vicki Valosik
The American Scholar, Autumn 2014, 8 mins.
LAMB STEW by Will Mackin, The New Yorker, November 3, 2014, 6 mins.
FACE OF HOPE by Liza Gross, Discover, September 2014, 39 mins.
THE 9,000-YEAR-OLD MAN SPEAKS by Douglas Preston
Smithsonian, September 2014, 38 mins.
Poetry, October 2014 , 3 mins.
SELF-PORTRAIT (fiction) by Martin Amis, Granta, Summer 2014, 13 mins.
CRAZY CAT LADY by Rick Bragg, Southern Living, September 2014, 5 mins.
PETS ALLOWED by Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, October 20, 2014, 36 mins.
AN EXECRATION (a poem) by David Wheatley, Poetry, October 2014, 3 mins.
MISTER BIG by Tom Mueller, National Geographic, October 2014, 21 mins.
The New Yorker, November 3, 2014, 6 mins.
DON’T SCREAM by Bill Pitts, Creative Nonfiction, Fall 2014, 18 mins.
THE GREAT ESCAPE by Jerry Adler, Smithsonian, November 2014, 14 mins.
TREETOP (fiction) by Roy Parvin, Tin House, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2010, 44 mins.
by Michael Finkel, GQ, September 2014, 55 mins.
WHAT IS THE BEST PUNCTUATION MARK? by Rosie Blau, Claire Messud,
Norah Perkins and Julian Barnes, Intelligent Life, March/April 2014, 12 mins.
Wired, Vol. 22, No. 11, 2014, 23 mins.
PAGE TURNER by John Crowley, Harper’s, September 2014, 21 mins.
HANDLED WITH CARE by Andrew D. Scrimgeour
The New York Times Book Review, December 30, 2012, 9 mins.
HITLER IN CHICAGO (fiction) by David Albahari, Harper’s, October 2014, 8 mins.
The New York Times Magazine, July 20, 2014, 4 mins.
Natural History, October 2014, 18 mins.
HOW TO FARM A BETTER FISH by Joel K. Bourne, Jr.
National Geographic, June 2014, 22 mins.
STILLNESS, WAITING (a poem) by Robert Wrigley
The Georgia Review, Fall 2014, 3 mins.
MAPPING TIME by Jeffrey S. Murray
Fine Books and Collections, Autumn 2014, 10 mins.
HENRY FORD (1904) (a poem) by Campbell McGrath
Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2013, 4 mins.
THE LITTLE CAR (a poem) by Guillaume Apollinaire
The Paris Review, Fall 2012, 3 mins.
by Hilary Mantel, The New York Times Book Review, September 28, 2014, 43 mins.
The Southern Review, Spring 2014, 4 mins.
BEHIND THE WALL by Amy Davidson
The New Yorker, November 3, 2014, 8 mins.
The New York Review of Books, October 23, 2014, 11 mins.

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