Fall Prevention

    Falls are the leading cause of injury death for adults……now what do you do to reduce your chance of a fall?

         Fall Risk Reduction includes three components

    1. Balance and Mobility
    2. Medical Management
    3. Home Modification

      Among adults 65 years and older

    • 1 in 3 fall each year
    • 1 in 2 have problems getting up without help after they have fallen
    • 1 in 10 suffer a serious fall injury such as a broken bone or head injury
    • 35% of traumatic brain injuries are a result of a fall
    • Falls account for 87% of all fractures in older adults, with hip fractures being the most serious.
    • 25% of hip fracture patients will make a full recovery, 40% will require nursing home care, 50% will need a cane/walker, and 20% will die within 12 months.
    • Half of older adults who suffer a hip fracture never regain their previous level of functioning, and many are unable to live independently after their injury.

      Falls and fall injuries in Orange County

    • In 2002, 5,867 people over 50 required hospitalization due to a nonfatal fall
    • For people over 55, falls are the top reason for an injury-related hospitalization, more than triple the number two reason (car accidents)
    • For those over 75 years, falls were the number one cause of an injury-related death

      The cost of falls

    • In 2000, direct medical costs totaled $179 million dollars for fatal and $19.3 billion dollars for nonfatal fall injuries for the United States (this number is expected to reach $43.8 billion by 2020)
    • In 2001, fall-related hospitalization charges in Orange County were estimated at $236.2 million.



    More Than Half a Million Older Californians Fell Repeatedly in the Past Year

    Read the full article at:  UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

    Additional Links

    Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
    Falls and Older Adults-NIA