Deaths from Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults age 65 and older, and the age-adjusted rate of fall death is increasing.1,2  The age-adjusted rate of fall deaths is 62 deaths per 100,000 older adults and this rate is increasing.2

Fall death rates among adults age 65 and older have increased more than 30% from 2007 to 2016.2  The increase was observed in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The fastest  growing rate was among adults aged 85 and older (4% per year).

The rising number of deaths from falls in older adults can be addressed by screening for fall risk and intervening to address risk factors such as medication use or strength, and balance.

* Statistical differences are based on a two-sample t-test with an alpha of 0.05.

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online].
  2. Burns ER, Kakara R. Deaths from Falls Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2007–2016external icon. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:509-514. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6718a1external icon

 


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