Falling just one time can take away independence or even the life of an elderly loved one, which requires them to move into a nursing facility that provides extensive care. Unfortunately, falling is an all too common occurrence for seniors living at home and in assisted-living centers and nursing facilities nationwide.
Suffering a fall is often the result of changes in the elder’s muscles, bones and joints as a common occurrence in the aging process. Many times elderly citizens lose their coordination, density and bone mass as they grow older. Studies indicate that the elderly suffering muscle loss have a higher potential of falling in fracturing bones due to “sarcopenia” – the loss of muscle mass caused by the aging process.
The gradual loss of muscle mass over time tends to affect individuals as early as 30 years old. Physically inactive individuals who are 40 years or older tend to lose upwards of five percent of their muscle mass each decade. Even physically active individuals experience some muscle loss as a natural process of aging. Sarcopenia tends to rapidly accelerate when the individual reaches 75 years old although extensive muscle loss can occur as early as 65 years old or younger.