Why are we concerned about falls in
As the facts below indicate, falls are a significant problem for older adults and for those who care for and about them.
- Each year, one-third of people aged 65 and older and one-half of those 80 and older will fall.
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury death. On average, more than 90 people die each year in New Hampshire as a result of a fall.
- The majority of falls (60%) occur at home.
- More than 90% of hip fractures among adults’ ages 65 and older are caused by falls.
- In one year,there are over 1500 older adults hospitalized on average due to falls. More than half in New Hampshire, there were more than two thousand older adults in the state who were hospitalized due to falls. More than half could not return home or live independently.
- Falls are not a normal part of aging. Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling.
- CDC Falls Fact Sheets: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultsfalls.html
- CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, WISQARS, http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html
- JAGS 55:S327-S334, 2007: Quality Indicators for Falls and Mobility Problems in Vulnerable Elders
- NH DHHS Health Statistics and Data Management Section, 2011
National Falls Awareness Day, Friday, September 23rd, 2011, for more resources and ideas for activities click here
Proclamation from Governor Lynch for Falls Awareness Day, 2011. Click here to view the procamation
Sample press releases for Falls Awareness Day Sample #1 Sample #2
Falls Awareness Day Event at Horshoe Pond. Click here for the flyer