According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
•One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
•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.
•Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
•Falls result in more than 2.3 million fall injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 650,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 deaths.
•In 2000, the direct medical cost of fatal and nonfatal fall injuries totaled over $19 billion,$28.2 billion in 2010 dollars.
•The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach$54.9 billion by 2020.
Falls with or without injury also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, self-limit activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Valley-Bay Therapy offers amazing Fall Prevention specialized treatment programs in hopes of bringing these alarming statistics down.