Key Takeaways

  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of Americans over age 65 falls each year.

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

  • There are steps you can take to prevent yourself from falling. Get more information about falls prevention tips.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. But one thing that's still the same: 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.

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.

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Answer these 12 questions to learn more about falls prevention tips.

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This checklist was developed by the Greater Los Angeles 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 a medical condition.