Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall.1 Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.
- One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year1 but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.2
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.3
- In 2012, 2.4 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 722,000 of these patients were hospitalized.3
- In 2012, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation, were $30 billion.4