Falls Prevention Overview
More than one out of three adults age 65+ has a fall every year(1). One out of five who falls sustains a serious injury. Many of them are disabled and even if they are not injured, become afraid of falling again. They restrict their everyday activities, withdraw, and often become depressed. As they become less active they become weaker which increases their chances of falling a second time. Research indicates that people who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and each fall increases the likelihood of more serious injury or death(1).
(1) Tromp AM, Pluijm SMF, Smit JH, et al. Fall-risk screening test: a prospective study on predictors for falls in community- dwelling elderly. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2001;54(8):837–844.
Map of Falls Prevention Resources
Falls Prevention Indicators and Measures
Focus: Reduce falls, falls-related injuries & death in people over age 65 in our communities
Indicator: Fall-related death rates
Measure: Age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population due to falls.
Indicator: Fall-related emergency/hospital visits
Measure: Number of fall-related emergency department/ hospital visits per 100,000 older adults.
Indicator: Adults who have experienced a fall
Measure: Number of adults who have fallen at least once in the past 12 months.
Sources – Links/Resources/Tools