Deaths from unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among older adults (1), and falls account for the largest percentage of those deaths.
As the population of persons aged 65+ years in the United States, increases, the rising number of deaths from falls in this age group can be addressed by screening for fall risk and intervening to address modifiable risk factors such as polypharmacy or gait, strength, and balance issues.
Approximately one in four U.S. residents aged 65+ years (older adults) report falling each year, and fall-related emergency department visits are estimated at approximately 3 million per year.
by Elizabeth Burns, MPH1; Ramakrishna Kakara, MPH1,2 published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report / Vol. 67 / No. 18 May 11, 2018
Interventions that target multiple risk factors can reduce the rate of falls (10) and can be initiated during annual wellness visits.*** Initiatives such as CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries),††† can assist health care providers in assessing fall risk, educating patients, and selecting interventions.
Read the complete paper on the Utah Commission on Aging Website