Plan and simple, Falls Happen.
· 1 out of 3 aged 65 or older will fall each year
· Falls are the leading cause of accidental death and injury-related visits to the emergency room. Nearly 1.8 million per year
· As you reach the age of 80 the number of falls increases to 1 out of 2
· 5-15% will incur serious injury which include head trauma, soft tissue injury, fractures and dislocations
· Hip fractures account for 90% of all fall fractures. Hip fractures also often result in permanent disability or nursing home placement where the person is no longer able to care for themselves.
· In 2005 over 15,000 deaths were attributed to unintentional falls
· Men are more likely to die as a result of a fall
· Women are twice as likely to sustain a fracture than men
· Health care costs associated with falls in the year 2000: 19 Billion
· Hip fractures alone account for 2 billion a year in health care costs
· 60% have restricted mobility after a fall
· Fear of falling can reduce mobility, increase isolation and further increase decline of health status
· As Baby Boomers age the health care costs associated with falls are projected to increase to $54 Billion per year