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A study recently published in CDC’s MMWR, Trends in Nonfatal Falls and Fall-related Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65—United States, 2012–2018external icon, examined older adult falls and injuries between 2012–2018. In 2018, one in four older American’s reported a fall resulting in about 36 million falls and 8 million fall injuries that limited regular activities for at least a day or resulted in a medical visit. While falls are common there are effective strategies to reduce fall risk.

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Falls among older adults are not inevitable—they’re preventable. The Baltimore City Health Department is using data to identify communities in need, and working with partners to bring effective fall prevention strategies to those neighborhoods.

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Geriatric Emergency Departments have undergone a new standard for improved care, thanks to recently-created guidelines and criteria. Injuries that were once treated are now prevented. Learn how St. Joseph’s Health prevents falls among older adults.

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Are You Asking Older Adult Patients the Right Questions?

By asking three simple questions and taking action—when needed—you can reduce the risk of falling.

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Older Adult Falls: A Growing Burden. STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries. 2014: 46M total older adults, 7M injuries, 29M falls. 2030: 74M total older adults, 12M injuries, 49M falls