Smart Moves - An intelligent electronic fabric that helps keep you balanced.
One fall will threaten a person's independence for life. Many balancing problems can begin all of a sudden, with no clear cause, and the risk of falling becomes greater as we get older.
- One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year.
- When a fall occurs and the person is unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile affects their health. Muscle cell breakdown begins within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Other complications include dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia.
- $30 billion is spent annually on healthcare connected to falls.
Medicare costs for hip fractures as a result of falls are projected
to be 240 billion dollars by 2040.