Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for adults……now what do you do to reduce your chance of a fall?
    Fall Risk Reduction includes three components
  1. Balance and Mobility
  2. Medical Management
  3. Home Modification
    Among adults 65 years and older
  • 1 in 3 fall each year
  • 1 in 2 have problems getting up without help after they have fallen
  • 1 in 10 suffer a serious fall injury such as a broken bone or head injury
  • 35% of traumatic brain injuries are a result of a fall
  • Falls account for 87% of all fractures in older adults, with hip fractures being the most serious.
  • 25% of hip fracture patients will make a full recovery, 40% will require nursing home care, 50% will need a cane/walker, and 20% will die within 12 months.
  • Half of older adults who suffer a hip fracture never regain their previous level of functioning, and many are unable to live independently after their injury.
    Falls and fall injuries in Orange County
  • In 2002, 5,867 people over 50 required hospitalization due to a nonfatal fall
  • For people over 55, falls are the top reason for an injury-related hospitalization, more than triple the number two reason (car accidents)
  • For those over 75 years, falls were the number one cause of an injury-related death
    The cost of falls
  • In 2000, direct medical costs totaled $179 million dollars for fatal and $19.3 billion dollars for nonfatal fall injuries for the United States (this number is expected to reach $43.8 billion by 2020)
  • In 2001, fall-related hospitalization charges in Orange County were estimated at $236.2 million.

For more information on reducing fall risk, visit Down with Falls Coalition – Orange County

Additional Links

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
Falls and Older Adults-NIA