Key Takeaways

  • Falling is not a normal part of aging. 

  • Falls threaten the safety and independence for older Americans and can create a heavy economic and personal burden.

  • Check to see if you’re at risk of falling with NCOA’s Falls Free CheckUp tool.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Falls have also resulted in more than 3 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 850,000 hospitalizations and more than 29,000 deaths.

Answer these 12 questions to learn more about falls prevention tips and find out if you're at risk.

This falls risk screen is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is part of the CDC’s Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) Resources for health care professionals and consumers.

This screen was developed by the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center and affiliates and is a validated fall risk self-assessment tool (Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; 2011: 42(6)493-499).

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your falls risk and/or your medical conditions.