Every second of every day an older adult falls.
One out of five of these falls has serious repercussions such as broken bones or a head injury.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults age 65 and older.
These statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are staggering – and come at a great cost. Falls rob older Americans of their safety and independence. Annual medical costs to treat older adult falls exceed $31 billion.
Yet, there is reason to be hopeful. While falls may be the leading cause of injury and death among older Americans, they are not inevitable. In fact, you can take action right away to help reduce your chances of falling. Here are some tips: