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Statistics and Falls

Falls in Wisconsin

Wisconsin ranks fifth in fall-related deaths in the United States. That is more than twice the national average (CDC-WISQARS_2016). In 2016, 1,366 Wisconsin residents, age 65 and older, had a fall that resulted in death.

2016 Fall Related Deaths in Wisconsin by Age

Reference: WISQARS

Falls in the United States

  • One out of four adults, age 65 and older, fall each year but less than half talk to their health care provider about it.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
  • Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures among older adults are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • 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.
  • Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  • At least one-third of falls among adults, age 65 and older, involve environmental hazards in the home.
  • Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually; hospital costs account for two-thirds.


Additional Facts

Older Adults Falls: A Growing Danger (CDC Fact Sheet)