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Falls Are a Serious Matter

How Big Is the Problem?

  • One out of three adults (age 65 or older) falls each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
  • 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.
  • In 2010, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation was $30 billion.

What Outcomes Are Linked to Falls?

  • Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas, all of which can increase the risk of early death.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and in 2000, 46% of fatal falls among older adults were due to TBI.
  • 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.
  • People age 75 and older who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.
  • Over 90% of hip fractures are caused by falls. Hip fractures often result in long-term functional impairment, nursing home admission, and increased mortality.
  • Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling, which may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling.

What Are Common Risk Factors for Falls?

  • Lower Body Weakness
  • Gait and Balance Problems
  • Postural Dizziness
  • Poor Vision
  • Problems with Feet and/or Shoes
  • Certain Medication
  • Advanced Age
  • Fear of Falling
  • Home Hazards

How Can Older Adults Prevent Falls?

  • Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance.
  • Ask the doctor or pharmacist to review current medication – both prescription and over-the-counter – to identify those that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Have vision checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  • Make sure your home is safe by: reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding rails on both sides of stairways, and improving the interior and exterior lighting.

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