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, more than one in four older adults report a fall each year. In 2016, 29,668 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 62%, while emergency department visits increased 65%. At the same time, the number of fall deaths among individuals younger than 65 increased 16% but the emergency department visits decreased 1%.

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

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