Falls: The Leading Cause of Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries among Older Adults
October 7, 2016 | Aging Services Risk Management
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults age 65 and older, despite the fact that they remain largely preventable, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its September 23, 2016, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2014, approximately 27,000 older adults died as a result of falls, 2.8 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for falls-related injuries, and 800,000 were subsequently hospitalized. CDC came to these conclusions after analyzing data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. The survey found that in 2014, 28.7% of older adults reported falling at least once during the previous year, for an estimated 29 million falls. Women were more likely to report falls than men.