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Statistics and Falls

Statistics on Falls
  • One out of three adults age 65 and older fall each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
  • In 2008, over 19,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls.
  • Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases their actual risk of falling.
  • In 2008, 82% of fall deaths were among people 65 and older.
  • 2 in 10 who need home health care after being in the hospital will fall during the first month after coming home.
  • In the United States, 16% of all Emergency Department visits and almost 7% of all hospitalizations are for fall-related injuries.
  • Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  • At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home.
  • More than half of all fatal falls involve people age 75 or over.
  • 25% of those who fracture a hip require life-long nursing care. About 50% of the elderly who sustain a fall-related injury will be discharged to a nursing home rather than return home.