Falls Data & Information

Falls Prevention

Just how big of an issue is senior falls? Besides the obvious negative health consequences, the impact on finances, independence, and family cannot be overlooked.

Overview

Falls happen, and probably much more frequently than most people think. The first step in falls prevention is acknowledging how commonplace a fall is regardless of physical health or age. Once it is understood that falls occur, it is important to educate about the risk factors that contribute to a fall. These risk factors range from physiological to environmental conditions and knowing more about them decreases the likelihood of a fall.


How common are falls?

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries of Americans. But what does this actually mean? Approximately one out of every three people over the age of 65 will fall each year. On average, a senior is treated for a fall related injury every 11 seconds in the United States. With the normal medical bill for a falls-related emergency room visit being $30,000, understanding how frequently falls happen is the first step to preventing them. For more information on local falls data check out the Falls in Washington’s East Region Report.

Why Falls Happen

Why Falls Happen

A fall can happen anytime and anywhere. Aging is often seen as the culprit behind why falls happen, but what about the aging process increases the chance of having a fall? There are numerous physiological and cognitive risk factors that increase as one gets older. Beyond that, there are numerous other factors that increase the likelihood of a fall, many of which can be mitigated. For a list of fall risk factors check out the Fall Prevention Health Topic page.

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Falls Prevention for Health Care Providers
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