More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. Each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries.
Fractures caused by falls can lead to hospital stays and disability. Most often, fall-related fractures are in the person’s hip, pelvis, spine, arm, hand or ankle. Hip fractures are one of the most serious types of fall injury. They are a leading cause of injury and loss of independence
among older adults.
Many older adults are afraid of falling. This fear becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven’t fallen. It may lead older people to avoid activities such as walking, shopping or taking part in social activities.
If you’re worried about falling, talk with your doctor or another healthcare provider. Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist. Physical therapy can help you improve your balance and walking and help build your walking confidence. Getting rid of your fear of falling can help you to stay active, maintain your physical health and prevent future falls.
— Source: National Institutes of Health