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Falls Prevention

Elderly woman smilingFalls 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

Contact Information

Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73117
(405) 271-3430
1-800-522-0204 (Toll-free in Oklahoma)

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