Reviewing the prevalence of falls among older adults

Whether you hurt yourself after falling down on an icy sidewalk or you slip and fall on a spill in a grocery store, these accidents can result in serious hardships. Aside from physical pain and immobility, fall-related injuries can also cause significant financial difficulties, mental trauma and affect your quality of life.

If you are an older adult, the consequences of a fall could pose an especially significant threat to your well-being. Every year, many older adults suffer serious injuries after falling down and research shows that an increasing number of older adults are finding themselves in this position.

How many older adults fall down every year?

According to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 million older adults (those 65 and older) fell down during 2018. Put another way, one out of every four older adults in the U.S. reported that they fell down in 2018 and over 8 million needed medical attention or had limited mobility for one day or longer.

In fact, over 32,000 older adults lost their lives as a result of falling down in 2018 alone. Each day, more than 10,000 people in the U.S. become older adults and people in this age group are especially likely to suffer injuries due to falls.

Are the number of falls among older adults increasing?

The CDC reports that by 2030, 73 million older adults will live in the U.S. Moreover, estimates show that around 12 million older adults will suffer injuries after falling down. If you are an older adult, it is vital to focus on your safety and look into any resources that could help you recover following a fall.