According to the National Council on Aging, "falls are common and costly." Their infographic explains the dangers of falling, as 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 or older falls each year; every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; and every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. Furthermore, falls injuries cost over $30 billion and are projected to be well over $67 billion by 2020. This does not take into account the mental and physical repercussions of falls, such as increased fear of falling, physical decline, depression, and social isolation.
Evidence based falls prevention programs are programs that instill confidence, strength, and independence in older adults. Studies have shown their effect on older adults and their ability to decrease falls. Explore the programs and tools available below.
About the Programs
See video for a quick overview of the evidence based falls prevention programs.