Falls can lead to a loss of independence, but they are preventable. Fall prevention is important for older adults to continue living active and independent lives. Each year 1 in 4 people 65 and older fall making falls a public health concern, particularly among the aging population..
Facts About Older Adult Falls
>> Each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury.
>> One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.
>> Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
>> More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.
>> Women fall more often than men and account for three-quarters of all hip fractures.
Four Things You Can Do to Prevent Falls:
1. Speak up. Talk openly with your healthcare provider about fall risks and prevention. Discuss symptoms such weakness or dizziness. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.
2. Keep moving. Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength and balance. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling.
3. Get an annual eye exam. Replace eyeglasses as needed.
4. Make your home safer. Remove clutter and tripping hazards.
Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the U.S.—making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group.