Each year, approximately 25,000 individuals over the age of 75 will die as the result of a fall. Unfortunately, that number is expected to rise in the coming years. While it is not exactly clear why fall fatalities are increasing, one thing is for sure, the majority of these falls are preventable.
Falls are unfortunately very common in the elderly. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, one in four Americans over the age of 65 experiences a fall.
More and more older Americans are suffering fatal falls according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This is particularly troubling since, in most cases, these falls are preventable.