FORT WORTH, TX — Two new studies just released address slip and fall accidents among the elderly, according to a press release.
The first study, by Harvard University
, found that a "stiffening" of blood vessels in the brain of senior citizens increases their chances of falling by as much as 70 percent, the release stated.
The researchers found that along with health issues, environmental factors such as poorly maintained floors play a key role in increasing the chances of slip and fall accidents among the elderly, the release noted.
The researchers reported that elderly individuals are often concerned about falling in public places like shopping centers, stores and building lobbies, causing them to change their gait and body movements when walking: This "gait change" leads to the fall, the release added.
These studies should be taken seriously by cleaning professionals, according to Gary Pelphrey, general manager of Powr-Flite Direct
"When there is a [slip and fall] accident, typically the first thing called into question is how well the floors have been maintained," Pelphrey concluded.