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National Safety Council

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 10:37:23-04

This June during National Safety Month, the National Safety Council is putting the spotlight on a top cause of preventable death in the home: falls. Falls are the No. 1 cause of preventable death for adults age 65 and older and constitute more than a quarter of all injury-related deaths in the home. In fact, the chance of someone dying from a fall is 1 in 127, more likely than dying from gunfire, a home fire or choking. Fall-related deaths have been steadily increasing as baby boomers have been aging – from 1999 to 2016, the number of fall deaths among those 65 and older increased 194 percent. These falls are also incredibly costly; $50 billion is spent annually on older adult treatment for a fall.