It is estimated that every 18 seconds a senior will fall and 35% of people over the age of 65 will suffer a fall that will lead to a hip fracture, knee, low back or wrist injury.
Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.
Falls result in more than 2.3 million fall injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 650,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 deaths.
Falls also carry a heavy quality of life impact. Older adults who experience a fall limit their activities and social engagements, resulting in further physical decline as well as depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging.
Balance training in conjunction with a reduced-risk living environment and proper equipment and clothing will reduce the risk of a fall. Most falls result from predictable and preventable factors.