5 Facts on Fall Prevention in the U.S.

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September 1, 2021

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the elderly population (over 65 years) in the U.S.   However, falls are not considered to be a normal part of aging.  The adverse impact of falls can be severe in terms of injuries with long-term consequences, loss of independence or mobility, increase in health expenditure, and psychological fears and anxieties.

The Fall Prevention Awareness Day is on September 22nd this year.  And many states in the U.S. have designated a Fall Prevention Awareness Week (the week between September 20-September 28, 2021). During this week, it might be helpful to remember again that falls are more common than one might think and steps can be taken to reduce risks and/or prevent them.

An older adult using durable medical equipment to reduce risk of falling in Boston

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others studies have highlighted the need to invest resources in fall prevention. A few statistics and insights from these studies include the following:

1. Incidence of Falls

  • In the U.S., one out of every four adults aged 65 and older fall each year, which is close to 36 million older adults.   In Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, between 20and 27% of the population reported a fall in 2018.  
  • The likelihood of falling differs by gender and age, with older (85+) women at a higher risk than men or other older age groups.
  • The older adult population is projected to increase by 40% by 2030 and reported falls will increase by about 30%, and injuries due to falls will increase by 50%.

2. Consequences of Falls

  • One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury
  • About 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury.

3. Costs of Falls

  • About $50 billion per annum is spent on medical costs related to non-fatal fall injuries, and $754 million is spent on fatal falls.  
  • The annual cost of treating falls is projected to increase to over $101 billion by 2030.

4. Location of Falls

  • Most fatal falls occur in the home, and the home environment is recognized as a fall risk factor for older adults.
  • Falls tend to occur mostly in the bathrooms.

5. Prevention of Falls

Though most older adults want to age in place, many of them report not having the home modifications to make their living spaces safe and appropriate to deal with the consequences of aging, including reducing risks of falling.

Let this year’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week serve as an incentive to secure the living spaces by carrying out a home assessment for potential risks for an elder, disabled loved one.  

For Fall Prevention ideas in making the home safer, give us here at Lift and Care Systems a call. We have served disabled individuals and their caregivers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island for over 20 years. We have the name-brand durable medical equipment that you need, such as Best Bath Systems, Bruno Stair Lifts, and Health Craft accessibility products (just to name a few). Contact us today for a free consultation at (508) 465-5254 or fill out our online contact form to speak to one of our durable medical equipment specialists today.

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