Falling is common, and falls can be serious and costly. Millions of people aged 65 and older fall each year, resulting in three million emergency room visits and 800,000 hospitalizations annually for related injuries. Take steps to stay safe by knowing your risks and implementing fall prevention strategies into your routine.
Many falls don’t cause injuries, but one out of every five falls does – and falling even once actually doubles your chances of falling again. Injuries can include broken bones or head injuries, and falls cause more than 95% of hip fractures. In fact, more than $50 billion is spent on medical costs for non-fatal falls annually. Medicare and Medicaid cover much of that, though.
Injuries can make it difficult to perform day-to-day activities and can affect your ability to remain independent. You can prevent falls, however, and there are steps you can take to help you stay steady and safe. Taking a fall risk assessment, like this one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a great way to identify potential risks and understand why they matter. This mobility tool can also help you plan for changes as you age and stay independent.
You can also help reduce your risk of falling by taking these actions:
Remember, falls don’t have to be an inevitable part of aging. Take steps today for a healthier, safer tomorrow.