NAHC Working to Improve Falls Prevention with Coalition
May 10, 2013 08:48 AM
Falls remain the leading cause of injury death for older Americans, threatening seniors’ safety and independence daily, and generating enormous economic and personal costs. Some statistics from the CDC on the breadth and depth of the costs that falls costs in terms of both medical costs and to the healthcare system include:
In 2009, more than 20,000 older Americans died from injuries related to unintentional falls.
In 2010, over 2.3 million older Americans were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries from falls and more than 650,000 were hospitalized. CDC reports the death rate from falls among older adults has increased by 42% from 2000 to 2006.
The total cost of fall injuries for older Americans was estimated to be $28.2 billion (in 2010 dollars). By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion.
NAHC continues to work with the Falls Free - a collection of organizations and interest groups at the national and state level – that is committed to reducing the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries among older Americans.
With the number of falls affecting older Americans continuing to grow, NAHC encourages its members to review the Coalition’s materials on their website, which is part of the National Council on Aging.
For more information on NAHC’s falls prevention efforts, please refer to past issues of NAHC Report here, here, here and here.