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Falls Prevention Fact Sheet – 2012


Every 15 seconds, an older adult age 65+ is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Americans. The National Council on Aging produced this fact sheet to raise awareness of the severity of injuries from falls and discuss initiatives intended to reduce the number of falls among seniors.

Key Points

The report provides a snapshot of the economic and personal costs associated with senior falls and existing falls prevention programs. A growing number of seniors are limiting activities and social engagements due to fear of falling, resulting in social isolation, depression, and further physical decline. “Through evidence-based interventions, practical lifestyle adjustments, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced (page one).”

Other report highlights include:

  1. By 2020, the economic toll for older adult falls is expected to reach nearly $54.9 billion due to the growth of the senior population.
  2. The Falls Free Action Plan supports research efforts that promote falls awareness and evidence-based falls prevention programs.
  3. Falls Prevention Awareness Day encourages states to conduct screening activities to raise awareness of the problem of falls and provide practical solutions to older adults regarding falls prevention.

How to Use

The fact sheet offers statistical data concerning the issue of falls and fall injuries among older adults. Community leaders and local officials can use this fact sheet to understand better the severity of senior falls and how to reduce the number of senior falls through existing evidence-based programs. By understanding the economic and personal tolls of senior falls, community leaders and local officials can raise falls awareness within the community.

View full report: Falls Prevention Fact Sheet – 2012 (PDF – 160 KB)

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