Why is Fall Prevention Important?


Did You Know?

One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year; but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
Half of all falls happen in and around the home.
Among older adults (those 65 or older), falls are the leading cause of injury death.
Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling.
In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.

Source: CDC, September 2012