• Bryan Morrow

Consider the following: Falls are the leading cause of fatal & nonfatal injuries among older adults.

From The National Council on Aging: Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

The Challenge

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.

  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

  • In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.

  • The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.

You have the power to reduce your risk of falls. A physical therapist can help you do so by:

  • Assessing your risk for falling.

  • Designing an individualized plan for your fall-prevention needs.

  • Helping you make your home as safe as possible.

  • Educating you about the medical risk factors associated with falls.

  • Providing you with appropriate exercises and balance training.

  • Working with other health care professionals to address any underlying medical conditions that could increase your fall risk.

  • Providing you with recommendations on appropriate community programs.

Innovative Physical Therapy has five Baltimore metro area locations to serve you. Call for a complimentary Fall Risk Assessment performed by one of Doctors of Physical Therapy Today.