10 Startling Statistics About Falling

10 startling facts about falls

Falling can change your life. A seemingly little thing like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor can lead to serious problems like a trip to the hospital, injury, or even a long-term disability.

  1. Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the U.S.
  2. Every 12 seconds, one of those seniors who fall will be admitted to the ER.
  3. Falls are the leading cause of injury and injury death in the U.S.
  4.  One out of four older adults will fall each year in the United States
  5. About 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year—resulting in more than 32,000 deaths.
  6. Each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury.
  7. One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.
  8. Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  9. More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling—usually by falling sideways.
  10. Women fall more often than men and account for three-quarters of all hip fractures.

Falls Prevention

Preventing falls is far better than dealing with the aftermath. Download our free room-by-room Home Safety Checklist to get started.