This report, based on a US Senate Special Committee On Aging, reveals that in 20178 more than 31,000 older Americans suffered fatal injuries from falls, almost twice as many as a decade earlier. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injures for adults 65 and older. The annual cost to US health care now reaches $50 billion in 2015 and may double by 2030.
"In addition to the physical and emotional trauma of falls, the financial toll is staggering," noted committee Chair Senator Susan Collins (R - Maine). Staying active is proven to reduce the risk of falls among older adults," added Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa)