September 23, 2015, is not only the first day of fall, it is also Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans?
According to the the CDC:
- One third of Americans over the age of 65 falls every year - about 12 million falls!
- Every 13 seconds an older adult in the US is treated in the emergency room for a fall
- Every 20 minutes an older adult dies as the result of a fall
- Falls result in over 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency rooms every year leading to over 734,000 hospitalizations and 21,700 deaths.
- In 2013, the total cost of fall related injuries was $34 billion
Whether or not a fall results in injury, it can negatively affect quality of life. The fear of falling causes many to limit their activities and social engagements resulting in further physical decline, social isolation, depression, and feelings of helplessness.
But there is good news! Falling is not an unavoidable part of aging. This infographic from the National Council on Aging details 6 easy steps you can take to prevent falls.
Take a Stand to Prevent Falls