Rates Of Injuries Related To Falls Surging As Baby Boomers Age
“Older adults do not really want to hear they’re at risk,” says Wendi Skala, a trauma injury prevention coordinator. “They want to be viewed as aging gracefully, going to the gym or riding their bike on the American River Trail."
More California Seniors Are Treated For Falls
Across California, more seniors are winding up in hospital emergency rooms after taking a tumble, hitting a high of more than 232,000 last year, according to new statewide data. That’s no surprise to Wendi Skala, trauma injury prevention coordinator for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento. “The numbers are going up and up because our population is aging,” she said. “As baby boomers go into their older adult years, the things that make them susceptible to falls just multiply. It’s a huge problem.” (Buck, 11/21)