According to a recent study, more than a third of all people over the age of sixty five fall each year. Unfortunately, more than one fall in 10 results in a serious injury, like a fractured hip. As Florida Lawyers, we too often seen the devistating affects such injuries from such trip and falls at stores, parking lot and shopping centers, have on our older clients.
Thankfully researchers are beginning to further study, through wireless sensors in carpets, clothing and rooms, older individual’s activity. The continuous measurements allowed by simple devices, afford greater insight on the causes of fall, and how to prevent them.
Fall prevention also promises to be part of an emerging – and potentially large – worldwide industry of helping older people live independently in their homes longer. The hope is that activity patterns from the data can help identify ways to prevent falls.