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	Photo: older woman with walker getting help walkingThe direct costs of fatal and non-fatal falls among older adults – United States

The cost of falls have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2015 the direct costs of fatal falls were over $637 million, while Medicare costs for non-fatal falls were over $31 billion. The average cost of a fatal fall in 2015 was over $26,000, while non-fatal falls averaged almost $10,000. An average hospitalized fall cost almost $31,000.

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