Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults and often lead to a loss of independence. Many older adults end up going to a short-term care or skilled nursing facility after being discharged from the hospital after a fall. Thankfully, falls can be prevented. There are a number of factors that increase an older adult's chance of falling. Staying on top of these risk factors can help prevent falls for you and your loved ones.
Did you know?
Every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 29 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall.
Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury deaths. Falls are also the most common cause of older adult traumatic brain injuries, accounting for over 46% of fatal falls.
The nation spends $30 billion a year treating older adults for the effects of falls. If we cannot stem the rate of falls, it's projected that direct treatment costs will reach $59.6 billion by 2020. A quarter of hip fracture patients will be in a nursing home for at least a year, further adding to Medicaid costs.
For information on fall prevention resources in your community, including information on evidence-based fall prevention programs check out one of the following websites:
Denver metro area Fall Prevention Network:
Outside Denver metro area ADRC:
The Colorado ADRC has a listing of contact information by County. Older adults, their families or caregivers can contact their local ADRC for information about resources for fall prevention including assistance with locating fall prevention classes. CLICK HERE
Falls are preventable. Call before you or a loved one falls.