Medical & Emergency Facts

Facts on Emergencies

Research supports the common sense notion that getting prompt help makes surviving an emergency more likely. The ability to get help also boosts the odds that a senior will continue to live independently. The longer a person spends helpless, the greater the likelihood he/she will be discharged into supportive care. For elderly people who live alone, becoming incapacitated and unable to get help is a common event, which usually marks the end to their ability to live independently. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Facts on Senior Citizens:

As the oldest baby boomers become senior citizens in 2011, the percentage of people 65 and older is projected to grow faster than any other age group. In fact, 26 states are projected to double to 71 million their 65+ and-older populations between 2000 and 2030. (Center for Disease Control, "CDC")

Facts on 911 Calls:

Over 240 Million emergency calls (with 1/3 from wireless phones) are made each year in the US. (www.911dispatch.com, 2008, FCC)

Facts on Causes of Death:

Nearly 75% of all deaths in the United States are deaths of elderly people. For many decades, heart disease, cancer, and stroke have been the leading causes of death among the elderly, accounting for 70% of all deaths in this age group.(www.healthinaging.org)

Facts on Falling:

Of the 35 million Americans over 65, about 1 in 3 will fall in a given year. (Center for Disease Control, "CDC")

Seniors are hospitalized for fall-related injuries 5 times more often than they are for injuries from all other causes. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for seniors. (Center for Disease Control, "CDC")

50% of people who fall require assistance from someone else to get up.(Center for Disease Control, "CDC")

After a fall or other emergency, 90% of people who get help within one hour will continue independent living, but after 12 hours without help only 10% of people will continue to live at home. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Nearly one half of the older adults who incur a serious injury never fully recover and many lose their ability to function independently for the rest of their lives. A good proportion end up in nursing homes, making falls and the injuries that result, one of the most substantial health threats facing older adults. (Yale University School of Medicine)

In 2003, more than 1.8 million seniors age 65 years and older were treated in emergency departments for fall related injuries and more than 421,000 were hospitalized. (Centers for Disease Control).

Facts on Heart Attacks:

1.5 million Heart attacks occur in the United States each year with 500,000 deaths. A heart attack occurs about every 20 seconds with a heart attack death about every minute.(Center for Disease Control, "CDC")

About 50% of deaths occur within one hour of the heart attack –outside a hospital.

There is a only a 6% to 9% early mortality rate from a heart attack for those who survive long enough to reach the hospital. Getting to the hospital quickly is the goal. Deaths from cardiovascular diseases in women exceed the total number of deaths caused by the next 16 causes.

Costs related to heart attack exceed 60 billion dollars per year. Coronary Heart Disease is America's No. 1 killer. Stroke is No. 3 and a leading cause of serious disability.

Strokes

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the No.1 cause of adult disability. Many strokes are preventable and treatable with prompt medical attention. (National Stroke Association)

Facts on Fire - Who is Most at Risk:

Americans over the age of 65 are one of the groups at greatest risk of dying in a fire. People over the age of 80 die in fires at a rate three times higher than the rest of the population. Continue reading on Examiner.com Elderly at greater risk for fire related deaths - National Senior care | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/senior-care-in-national/elderly-at-greater-risk-for-fire-related-deaths#ixzz1V7tJvH2a

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