Falls Prevention Information


The Facts:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year,1 but less than half tell their doctor. 2 Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head injury.
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,8 usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.11 Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.



The Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) Tool Kit is a suite of materials created by CDC’s Injury Center for health care providers to help assess, treat, and refer older adults.
Follow the link to the webinar to learn about the development and details of the STEADI Tool Kit.


New Falls Prevention Resource from NCOA
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