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Am I at Risk for Falling?

The Facts

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Every second an older American falls. These falls threaten the health and independence of older adults and result in high medical costs across the U.S. healthcare system.

2 A Growing Danger, CDC, www.cdc-gov/steadi

In 2014

1 out of 4 older adults report a fall

1 in 4

seniors fall each year

1 out of 4 older adults report a fall

1 in 5

falls cause a serious injury

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Nearly

1 Million

Americans each year are hospitalized due to a fall

300,000

of those hospitalizations are for hip fractures

More than

27,000

older adults died as a result of falls—that's 73 older adults every day.

In 2015, direct cost of falls to the U.S. healthcare system totalled more than

$50 Billion

2 A Growing Danger, CDC, www.cdc-gov/steadi

A Growing Burden

Over 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day and Americans are living longer than ever.

2 A Growing Danger, CDC, www.cdc-gov/steadi

2014

Out of
46M
seniors

29M Falls
7M Injuries

2030

Out of
74M
seniors

49M Falls
12M Injuries

Who is at Risk?

While the percent of older adults who fall varies by location and demographics, all older adults are at risk for a fall

Falls Increase With Age:

27%

30%

37%

65-74

75-84

85+

Years Old

Years Old

Years Old

Falls Vary by Ethnicity:

20%

23%

26%

30%

37%

Asian

African
American

Latino

Caucasian

Native
American

We have provided these statistics to demonstrate that senior falls are a serious and growing problem.

But falls are not an inevitable result of aging. Beginning with a visit to a fall risk expert near you, and then following a fall risk protocol including physical therapy, practical lifestyle adjustments and appropriate exercise routines, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

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