- Percentage of adults age 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last three months.
- Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last 12 months
Falls is the percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having fallen at least once in the past 12 months. The senior ranks are based on 2014 data from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
The percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have fallen within the past 12 months ranges from 20.6% (95% CI: 18.2%, 23.0%) in Hawaii to 34.3% (95% CI: 31.5%, 37.0&) in Arkansas. Nationally, 28.7% (95% CI: 28.2%, 29.1%) of seniors have fallen in the past year.
Annually, 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and older fall; 20% to 30% percent of these falls result in injuries that affect the ability to engage in daily activities., Falls and their resulting injuries may limit mobility, contribute to social isolation, and even cause premature death. Medicare bears nearly 80% of falls-related medical expenses, which totaled approximately $34 billion in 2013. The average cost of 1 fall is $9,000 to $13,000. Falls often lead to painful and costly hip fractures that severely limit mobility for long periods of time. The risk of falls and injury increases with age, making falls particularly problematic for persons older than age 75. The National Institute on Aging offers suggestions for preventing falls. Additionally, the Cochrane Library has a review on the effectiveness of interventions for preventing falls in older adults.
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