Every 11 seconds, an emergency department sees an older adult for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans and can threaten their safety and independence.
The toll goes beyond bruises and fractures. According to the National Council on Aging, the financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
Sometimes, even the fear of falling can impair the quality of life for an older adult. In trying to be cautious, seniors may limit their activities and social engagement, leading to social isolation, which is also detrimental to overall health. read more >