Surveys state that about one third of the adults over the age of 65 fall every year and interestingly almost all of them are on a flat surface but not from a greater level. Physical collapse is the reason for the fall in many cases.
In the year of 2003, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) was conducted with a different questionnaire containing questions related to the falling. This program is conducted statewide and the target is the adult audience selected randomly and they are interviewed on phone.
Of the 29000 participants, about 15% of the respondents over the age of 65 stated that they fell in the previous three months. The stats are similar both in the case of men and women and also across various age groups of people above 65.
People above the age group of 65 suffer both fatal and nonfatal falls. According to the National center for the prevention of injury, tripping falls account to a great deal of fatalities all over the federal government.
This finding reflected even in the numbers of the state of Utah. Of all the deaths which occurred due to an injury during the period 1999-2003, death of males accounted to 26% of all the male falls and female deaths were 29% of all the female falls and the chance of a death increased as people grew old.
Considering the adults above the age of 65 who fell in the previous three months of the survey, 17.5% of the people had to see a doctor and 33.6% were disturbed to the extent of skipping their daily routine at least for a day. Women are more prone to injuries than men in this age group (5 times more vulnerable).
Also the falls create problem to the adults emotionally, physically and mentally. More than half of the adults who fell reported less quality in life due to such problems compared to the complaints from people who did not fall who stand at just a bit more than a quarter.
For the year of 2004, the people of Utah spent about $47.4 M for the treatment of adult falls which includes the emergency admission to the hospitals. The cost for the treatment of males aged 75-84 was highest and for females those who aged above 85 it is the lowest.
Health issues due to falls are growing day by day and they cause lot of problems and affect the quality of the life of the adults and moreover result in huge bills as high as $13,000 for each fall. To be informed of the ways of preventing or minimizing the damages of the fall is important.