Seniors who have a hip fracture or another serious fall injury are
significantly more likely to recover if they had little or no
disabilities before the accident, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine assessed more than 100
seniors who had fallen within the past year. They found that a year
after the incident, those with no disability had a 45% probability of a
rapid recovery and a 38% probability of gradual recovery.
those with a progressive disability before the fall had a 70% chance of
no recovery, and those with a severe disability had a 100% chance of no
Thirteen activities were used to classify disability levels. They
included: bathing, dressing, walking inside the house, transferring from
a chair; shopping, housework, meal preparation, taking medica tions, managing finances; mobility; climbing a flight of stairs; lifting or carrying 10 pounds; driving.
Needing assistance with at least 10 of the 13 activities signified severe disability.