Preventing Falls – Step by Step: A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits for New Hampshire’s citizens aged 65 or older.
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury and death, and most falls (60%) happen at home.
- On average, in New Hampshire, more than 90 people die each year as a result of falls; 9,000 are treated at the emergency room; and 3,000 are hospitalized.
- Hospital costs related to falls exceed $105.6 million each year.
- After being released, more than 80% of these patients cannot return home to live independently.
- Fall risk assessments can be an important first step to prevention, and include a review of fall history, medications, underlying conditions, functional status tests, and environmental factors.
Contrary to popular belief, falls are not an inevitable consequence of aging; they are preventable.
Learn how the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Injury Prevention Program and the New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force worked to decrease the risk and incidence of falls among adults aged 65 years and older.
Best Practices, Falls Risk Reduction Project
The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant.
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