FALLS: If we start by taking a look at the statistics for falls, we will see it is a public health epidemic. 30% of people aged 65 and older, plus more than 50% of people aged 80 years or older will fall this year.
For those 65 and older, falls are more deadly than MVAs, are the leading cause of ER visits, as well as the number one cause of hospital admissions due to trauma.
The Average cost of a hospital admission due to a fall is estimated at $20 000. By 2030, it is estimated that $54 billion will be spent annually on health care costs, directly and indirectly, related to falls.
MEDICARE DATA: In a review of the 2002 Medicare Beneficiary data, it was found that 22% of Medicare Beneficiaries fell at least once per year and 10% had multiple falls. An interesting finding was that less than half those who fell discussed the fall with a health care provider.