2013-09-24 18:45:14 - Surprisingly, the most common way to die after age 65 is to fall down, According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). Older adults in California su!ered over 118,161 falls in 2011, causing 25,469 deaths. Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury.
One of the leading causes of falling is issues with balance, and one of the leading causes of balance problems is an unhealthy vestibular system (the balance system of the inner ear). For the sixth year, California is one of 47 states that are declaring a statewide Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of Fall, September 22, 2013.
Anatomical studies have shown that the number of nerve cells in the vestibular system decreases from about age 55. When the vestibular system is damaged by any cause, an individual may experience dizziness and balance problems. The vestibular system is a complex structure of fluid-filled tubes and chambers that constitutes part of the inner ear. Specialized nerve endings inside these structures
detect the position and movement of the head and also detect the direction of gravity. The signals sent from the nerves of the vestibular system are critically important to the brain’s ability to control balance in standing and walking and also to control certain types of reflexive eye movements that make it possible to see clearly while walking or running.
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More on Falls Prevention Awareness Day: Falls Prevention Awareness Day is part of a national e!ort led by the National Council On Aging’s (NCOA) Falls Free® Initiative which addresses the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults. California is part of the national Falls Free® Initiative, which includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies across the country dedicated to reducing fall-related injuries and deaths among older adults. For more information, please visit www.ncoa.org/FPAD.