Elderly people are more prone to falling. Age-related health problems like diabetes and hypertension are a factor in this.
These problems can affect their balance and their physical strength. The presence of a caregiver will not prevent someone from falling; however, it can ensure that they get immediate medical attention if they do.
- In the United States, nearly 30% of the 46 million older people who live in the community (as opposed to an institution, such as a nursing home) live alone. About half of people who are 85 years or older who live in the community live alone. Aboutthree quarters of older people living alone are women.
- A 2011 survey of people over 65 showed that the vast majority (90 percent) wanted to continue living in their homes for as long as they could.
- The Administration on Aging reports that about 29%, or 11.3 million older adults lived alone in 2010.
- The numbers for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia are startling: of the 60-70% of seniors with dementia living in the community, 25% live alone, reports the Alzheimer’s Association.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : (National Council on Aging)
- One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
- Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
- In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
- The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.