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Falls – Older Adults

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We want a society where older adults can live safe, healthy and independent lives. While falls are a threat to the health and independence of older adults and can significantly limit their ability to remain self-sufficient, the opportunity to reduce falls among older adults has never been better. Today, there are proven interventions that can reduce falls and help older adults live better, and longer.

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Rate of Nonfatal, Medically Consulted Fall Injury Episodes, by Age Group

The figure shows the rate of nonfatal, medically consulted fall injury episodes, by age group, in the United States during 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. In 2010, the overall rate of nonfatal fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Persons aged 18-44 years had the lowest rate of medically consulted falls (26 per 1,000), and persons aged ≥75 years had the highest rate (115).

In 2010, the overall rate of nonfatal fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted was 43 per 1,000 population. Persons aged ≥75 years had the highest rate (115).

Graphic source: MMWR Quickstats, 02/03/2012

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