Many Vermonters are Affected by Falls.
Many Vermonters are Affected by falls at some point in their life. People 65 years and older are increasingly at risk of falling and, therefore, potential injury. As we age, we are more likely to be injured in a fall.
But falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented – there are many ways to stay strong and independent as you age.
Facts About Falls
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls among older adults are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal unintentional injuries in the United States. Falling is also the leading cause of emergency department visits for older adults.
One out of three older people fall each year, but fewer than half tell their doctor about falling. This doubles the chance of falling again. The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000, and more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Over one-third (35%) of Vermont adults age 65 and older reported falling at least once in the last 12 months.
In Vermont, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related death overall, and responsible for the largest number of injury-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits. Falls are responsible for an average of 137 deaths each year and an average of 1,934 hospitalizations each year (Injury and Violence in Vermont Burden Document, 2018).
Looking for local falls prevention resources?
The Vermont Department of Health, along with the Falls Free Vermont Coalition, offers the Vermont Falls Prevention Resource Guide. The guide offers suggestions on appropriate referrals and up-to-date listings of resources statewide.