Older Adult Falls

As our population ages, the prevalence of falls among older adults is increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in four older adults report a fall each year. In 2020, 36,508 older adults aged 65 and older died from preventable falls, and over 2.8 million were treated in emergency departments. Over the past 10 years, the number of older adult fall deaths has increased 59%, while emergency department visits have increased 19%. At the same time, the number of fall deaths among individuals younger than 65 increased 22%, but emergency department visits have decreased 41%.

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Source: National Safety Council tabulations of National Center for Health Statistics data.

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