How often do older people injure themselves from falling?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Each year, approximately 35 percent of individuals over the age of sixty-five fall down, and fifteen percent of those who fall suffer serious injuries, including about 330,000 hip fractures and 200,000 other bone fractures a year in the United States of America (USA). Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. More than 6 percent of all medical care dollars spent on populations over sixty-five involve fall-related injuries.


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