In an average year, 3 million older Americans go to the ER after a fall. Studies show that 28.7% of older adults fall every year in the U.S. Given today’s population, that’s about 36 million total falls. In an average year, 3 million older Americans go to the emergency room after a fall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that falls among seniors are getting more common and more deadly. Death rates from falls have increased 30% in the past 10 years, and by 2030, the CDC expects total falls to increase from 36 million to 52 million.
Thankfully, there are proven measures to help reduce the risk that an older adult will experience a fall.
What Is Fall Prevention?
Fall prevention strategies comprise different areas such as technology, education, physical therapy, and safety devices designed to reduce the risk of falling. Walkers are an example of a fall prevention device. Tai chi is a fall prevention exercise. Medication reviews, which can evaluate whether certain medications or drug interactions are causing excessive drowsiness or dizziness, are a common fall prevention tactic.
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