As our population ages, the prevalence of falls among older adults is increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in four older adults report a fall each year. In 2017, 31,190 older adults aged 65 and older died from preventable falls, and more than 3 million were treated in emergency departments. Over the past 10 years, the number of older adult fall deaths has increased 58%, while emergency department visits have increased 40%. At the same time, the number of fall deaths among individuals younger than 65 increased 20% but the emergency department visits have decreased 13%.
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Source: National Safety Council tabulations of National Center for Health Statistics data.