Older Adult Fall Prevention
Each year, an average of more than 7,000 adults, aged 65 and older, die from unintentional home injuries. The top five leading causes of these home injury deaths are falls, fire/burn, poisoning, natural/ environmental (e.g., exposure to severe heat or cold or a natural disaster), and choking/suffocation.
Falls alone account for 52.5% of all home injury deaths for adults age 65-74, 68.2% of home injury deaths for adults age 75-84, and 78.4% of home injury deaths for adults age 85 and older. Adults aged 65 and older experience an average of 2.3 million nonfatal unintentional home injuries annually. To schedule a falls prevention talk for your senior center or community group contact: [email protected] (612) 873-8500.