Falls Are a Concern Even at Age 40, Especially for Women

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Seniors are not the only ones at risk for falling — in fact, fall risk increases significantly after the age of 40, most notably, in women, say researchers at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

The researchers analyzed data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) and similar studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, involving 19,207 men and women 40 to 64. They discovered that fall risk in women increases at age 40. Women in the following age groups had experienced at least one fall in the previous year:

  • 9 percent of women 40-44
  • 19 percent of women 45-49
  • 21 percent of women 50-54
  • 27 percent of women 55-59
  • 30 percent of women 60-64

According to the researchers, increased fall risk in middle-age is believed to be related to conditions like arthritis, balance problems, and diabetes. Studies show that one in three older adults — one in two seniors over 80 — fall at least once per year, increasing the risk for fractures, head trauma, and other injuries, and having a negative impact on quality of life. Older adults who fall are more likely to be admitted to nursing homes, require more care, and experience a decline in independence.

Sourced from: PLOS One