Steps to Protect Yourself or a Loved One from Falls
 
 Steps to Protect Yourself or a Loved One from Falls
 

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults
  • In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments and working with health care and other community providers, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

Both the National Council on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control rec