October 22, 2022 2 min read 3 Comments
Barb DeAngelis improved her every day life with some lifting and then turned into a champion in her 70s. The stats on falls and their scary aftermath would go down if we were stronger on our feet.
By Ray Glier
I can't help it. I worry about us.
I was reminded of the scary data on people over 70 who fall. If the fall is severe enough, they lose their independence. Then they wither.
And then they are gone.
The brutality of falls came up in a casual conversation last weekend. A friend, who is much younger, said she wants to go on a mission to help older women strut into the gym and lift. She knows the scary data, too.
From WebMd, by way of the CDC here in Atlanta:
Nearly 25,000 people 75 and older died as a result of falls in 2016 -- almost three times as many as in 2000. And experts warn that the toll is likely to rise along with population shifts.
"As the United States population continues to age, we can expect more deaths from falls," said researcher Robin Lee, an epidemiologist at the Injury Center of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We can also expect more hospitalizations and nursing home admissions as a result of falls."
Here is a replay of a story I did on Barb DeAngelis, who understands the benefits of lifting.
Call me a nag, but this isn't the last time I write about this.
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