September is National Fall Prevention Month
- Every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury.
- Every 29 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of injuries to older adults.
I bet those statistics got your attention. They are frightening numbers that were shared by our friends at the National Council on Aging in preparation for National Fall Prevention Month.
And the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are equally unsettling:
- In 2010, more than 2.3 million older adults were treated in an Emergency Room for nonfatal injuries. 650,000 of them were admitted to the hospital because of the severity of those injuries.
- The death rate from falls among older Americans is headed in the wrong direction. It increased by 55% between 2000 and 2007.
- In 2009, over 20,000 older adults died from injuries related to falls.
To learn more about the new Fall Prevention Awareness campaign and how to keep your aging loved one safe, The Brook Retirement Communities is pleased to share this free download, Six Steps to Prevent a Fall from the National Council on Aging.