- One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year. (How well we keep our balance in midlife can protect us from what lies ahead: One in three adults over age 65 takes a serious tumble each year. Avoiding falls means a longer life: About 20% of women who fracture a hip become permanently disabled, and another 20% die within a year. In fact, health problems linked to hip fractures result in more women's deaths each year than breast cancer does.
(source: https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20443104/6-ways-to-improve-your-balance/ )
- Nearly 8 million adults officially report balance problems (many do not)
- every 13 seconds an adults is rushed to an emergency room because of a fall
- In 2013 one woman fell 53 times in her apartment
- 1/3 of adults over 65 report difficulty with balance; ½ of adults over 75 report balance difficulty
- men and women are affected equally when it comes to balance issues
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
- In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
- In 2013, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation, were $34 billion
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