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Falls among persons over age 65 are a growing public health problem both nationally and in Oklahoma. It is estimated that one-third of older adults fall each year. As an individual ages, the likelihood of experiencing a fall dramatically increases. In Oklahoma and the United States, falls are the leading cause of injury death among individuals aged 65 years and older. The most common fall-related injury resulting in hospitalization is hip fractures.
In Oklahoma, the majority of fall-related hospitalizations were to individuals age 65 and older. Nearly 75% of patients were female.
More injuries occurred at home than any other location, particularly in bedrooms and bathrooms. Two-thirds of the injuries occurred during the morning and afternoon hours. The most common factors associated with the falls were slipping, tripping, and fainting.
Related Reports and Fact Sheets
Older Adult Falls Prevention Committee
2013 Meeting Schedule
2012 Meeting Schedule
2011 Meeting Schedule
Links to Related Sites
Injury Prevention Service
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