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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
- Balance and Mobility
- Medical Management
- 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
Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
Falls and Older Adults-NIA