The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, as of March 2015, that falls are the "leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries" among older adults. Further, "in 2013, about 25,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries." The CDC describes outcomes that include traumatic brain injury, hip fractures, and other broken bones.
A fall can literally be the beginning of the end for otherwise healthy, older adults. A fall can bring about the end of independent living. It can create the conditions for other chronic diseases, illnesses that might not have been present before the fall, to emerge. It can change senior citizens' quality of life for the rest of their lives, even if they survive the actual fall.
But as the CDC and so many other authorities point out, falls are preventable. Yes, falls are accidents, but accidents can sometimes be avoided. Visit the CDC's page on falls and fall prevention for more information. The National Institute on Aging (NIH) also has good information about fall prevention, including tips on making homes safe for older adults.
Source URL: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
Source Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Reference Date: 2015-07-02