Falls among older adults are a serious health concern which often robs one of their independence, social well-being and financial future.

  • One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ fell in 2014.(1)
  • Every 12 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall.(1)
  • Death rate from falls among older adults increased by 81% from 2000 to 2011.(2)
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged ≥65 years (older adults). (3)
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments in 2014, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths .(3)
  • In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries for Medicare was over $31 billion. (1)
  • The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population increases 55% by 2030.(3)

Sources:   (1) Don't Fall Behind on Falls, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 22, 2016

                 (2) Implementing Effective Falls Prevention programs in Your Community: Reaching New Audiences, National Council on Aging, August 21, 2014

                (3) Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years - United States, 2014, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 65, No. 37, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 23, 2016