Falls and fall injuries:
- Are more common than strokes and can be just as serious in their consequences
- Are the most preventable cause of needing nursing home placement
- Lead to problems with daily activities like dressing, bathing and walking around
Among adults 70 years and older:
- 3 in 10 fall each year
- 2 in 10 who need home health care after being in the hospital will fall during the first month after coming home
- 1 in 10 suffer a serious fall injury such as a broken bone or head injury
- 5 in 10 have problems getting up without help after they have fallen
- Falls cause over 90 percent of broken hips; only half of those who break their hip will get around as well as they did before their broken hip
- In the United States, 16 percent of all emergency department visits and almost 7 percent of all hospitalizations are for fall-related injuries
Yale School of Medicine researchers were among the first to show that falls among seniors could be prevented and that fall-prevention interventions mean that seniors are less likely to be hospitalized or need advanced medical care.
This research has since been translated into protocols that are used in clinical and community settings to help prevent falls.
If you are a clinician interested in fall prevention, visit the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention.