Why are falls so prevalent?
Things like tripping on a rug or uneven ground, slipping on a wet floor, or wearing inadequate shoes can lead to falls. Also contributing are medication, vision impairment, poor lighting, balance problems, and chronic conditions, many of these factors play a significant role in increasing risk of an accidental fall.
According to the NCOA, “More than 36 million adults 65+ fall each year, resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. Every year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury, with one out of every five falls causing an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. Each year, at least 300,000 older adults are hospitalized for hip fractures caused by falling.”