Falls can happen anytime and anywhere to people of any age. However, as people get older, the likelihood of falls and the severity of injury resulting from falls increases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people age 65 and older. Common injuries include shoulder and forearm fractures, spine fractures, pelvic and hip fractures along with head injuries.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has initiated various efforts to educate the public on the importance of reducing their risks for falls. Most recently, the AAOS launched a national radio public service advertisement (PSA) in partnership with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) to further highlight falls prevention awareness, especially in older adults who are at an increased risk of falls. Adults are urged to pay attention to the risk factors surrounding their elderly relatives and encourages them to actively assist in the fall-proofing process.