According to the NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL – Every year, unintentional injuries kill more than 101,000 individuals, with a cost to society of $608 billion. Of all the risks, falls are the leading cause of unintentional death among people 65 and older, approaching 11,000 deaths a year. Falls are the third leading cause of death for all ages, totaling 18,822 last year. There were 1.8 million emergency room visits and more than 420,000 hospital admissions of adults 65 years old and older as a result of falls according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
An estimated one in three adults 65 years old and older experience a fall each year. Hip fractures, primarily the result of falls, account for some 300,000 hospitalizations each year and the direct care costs of osteoporotic fractures are some $18 billion each year. About 20 percent of people who suffer a hip fracture will need nursing home care within a year, and 20 percent will die within a year of suffering the fracture. Nearly half of those who survive a hip fracture never regain full mobility, nor their former quality of life.
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