Physical Injury & Falls
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in persons older than 65 years:
Fall injuries result in 2.8 million emergency department visits annually
25% of falls cause serious injuries, such as fractures or traumatic brain injury
The risk of falls and resulting serious injury increases with age. A history of falls is associated with a two- to sixfold increased risk of a future fall
The following online resources provide access to reliable information about falls and injuries in seniors:
For older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, injury, disability, or even death. Information from the National Institute on Aging.
Provides an overview of falls and other medical conditions, falls and medications, and additional health problems related to falls. Information from HealthinAging.org
Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. There are many changes you can make to your home that will help you avoid falls and ensure your safety. Information from the National Institute on Aging.
Encourage patients to use to help identify and eliminate fall hazards in their home. Use this checklist to find and fix hazards in your home. A resource from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Tufts Health Plan has created a set of articles that provide clear and helpful information about falls and fall prevention: