Older Adult Fall Prevention

Introduction

In New York State, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury hospitalizations among children ages 0-14 and adults 25 years and older. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for those 45 years and older. Falls can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or fractures. There is also a heavy financial burden to fall-related injuries.

Falls are not accidents! They are not random, uncontrollable acts of fate, but occur in predictable patterns, with recognizable risk factors and among identifiable populations. A fall is a predictable and preventable event.

Evidence-Based Older Adult Fall Prevention Classes

New York State supports free evidence-based classes for older adults that can be found in most communities.