Fearless Falling -- Statistics and information about the "falling epidemic."
We worry about many harmful things and threats. But, our worries
tend to be about the unlikely externals over which we have no control.
So, we are worried about attacks from terrorists or thugs, and
injuries from airline crashes: not minor auto accidents or accidental
But, statistically, a simple accidental fall is the major threat to our health, especially as we get older.
From the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Note that this statistic is for ALL age groups, not just the elderly!
Sobering Statistics ---
If you are 65 or older,
you have a 1 in 3 chance
of having an accidental fall this year.
most common serious injury from falling is a hip fracture.
More than 24 percent of all people suffering a hip fracture die
within a year of falling, and another 50 percent never return to
their prior level of mobility and independence.
Most fatal falls occur at home.
According to the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS),
Safety Council reports that 54 percent of all falling-related
older people are caused by seniors falling down at home,
and 20 percent of those fatal falls occur in residential institutions.
are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the US,
and the primary
cause of fatal injuries for Americans 65 and older.
from striking a hard floor.
accidental falls send 60,000 adults
to the emergency room, and over 400 die as a result.