In 2015, 28,486 unintentional deaths related to falls occurred among people aged 65 and older, which represented a rate of nearly 60 unintentional fall deaths per 100,000 men and women aged 65 and older.
Those who fell were significantly more likely to be female, Caucasian, older, and lower income. Fallers also had significantly lower self-rated health and reported more chronic conditions.
of adults aged 65 and older fall each year.
of those who fall seek medical care.
is the estimated medical costs associated with fatal falls in 2015.
of older adults reported a non-fatal fall in
the past year; 52% fell once, 21% fell twice, and 24% fell three or more times.
of hospital expenditures (4.4%) were attributable to older adult falls.
of Medicare expenditures and 8% of Medicaid expenditures were
attributable to falls.
in total healthcare spending was attributable to falls in 2015, including expenditures of $28.9 billion for Medicare, $8.7 billion for Medicaid, and $12 billion for other
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 7, 2018.