LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE
Falls can lead to depression, "feelings of helplessness, and abruptly change living situations (NCOA)
RISK OF DEATH
Falls are the #1 cause of fatal injury among older adults, as well as having a profound impact on quality of life (NCOA)
90% of older adults want to age in place, but 85% have done nothing to plan for this.
Over $50 Billion are spent each year on falls (NCOA)
Average cost of a nursing home is $126,290/yr or median cost of $330 to $480/day in Massachusetts (SeniorAdvice)
INCREASED RISK OF HIP FRACTURE
One in four Americans aged 65+ fall each year (CDC)
50% of fall survivors lose their independence (Brown, 2018)
Falls cause 95% of hip fractures (Brown, 2018)
LESS SOCIAL LIFE
Fear of falling results in older adults limiting activities and social engagements and a decline in fitness (CDC)
What is the cost of doing nothing?
Take action...Don't be a statistic
Exercise and Home Safety Assessments can decrease risk of falls and increase fitness (NCBI)