If there is ever ice on the ground in North Texas, it is usually around Super Bowl week. Parker County residents have an especially hard time navigating possibly treacherous sidewalks and other walkways.
When people over 65 fall, their physical and emotional injuries are usually overwhelming. In fact, roughly half of these fall victims can never live independently again.
Every year, serious falls send more than eight million Americans to hospital emergency rooms. That makes falls the leading cause of ER visits in Texas. The serious injury rate is high, and the death rate is high as well. Many of these victims are repeat fallers over age 65.
Every year, slip-and-fall incidents seriously injure millions of people. Older adults are particularly at risk. These victims are more likely to fall and also more likely to sustain a debilitating injury. Furthermore, many older adults are so afraid of a repeat fall that they essentially become recluses.