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Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

People don't fall just because they are getting older; often, there is more than one underlying cause or risk factor that is involved.

As the number of risk factors increases, so does the risk of falling. A person’s physical health or medical condition combined with other risks such as safety hazards in the home or community, are closely linked to an increased risk of falling.

Consequences of Falling:

  • Treating fall injuries can be very costly ($31 Billion cost to Medicare)
  • Each year, millions of people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments because of falls.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized due to a fall injury.
  • The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000.
  • More than one-third of people aged 65 and older fall each year, and those who fall once, are two to three times more likely to fall again.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.