Though our minds may not age, our bodies inevitably do, and the years of strain and stress can certainly begin to take their toll. This shows in one way in particular: falls. We all have a grandma that’s fallen and broken a hip and we’ve all certainly seen the Life Alert commercials, almost comical in their dramatization of an elderly woman who has famously “fallen and can’t get up.” But falls are a serious problem for the elderly, and a common one. In fact, one in every four adults will fall every single year in the United States alone. And, as half of falls occur in the home environment, it’s a dangerous problem at that.
So how can elderly Americans avoid falling and the costly emergency room visit that often accompanies it (over 2 million Americans end up visiting the emergency room after a fall in