Why Are We Concerned?

New Hampshire Facts about Elderly Falls

  • Each year, one-third of people age 65 and older and one-half of those 80 and older will fall.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury death. On average, more than 200 people die each year in New Hampshire as a result of a fall.
  • The majority of senior falls (62%) occur at home.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures among adults’ ages 65 and older are caused by falls.
  • In one year there are over 2,200 older adults hospitalized on average due to falls and 9,825 were treated in hospital emergency rooms.
  • In New Hampshire, of the older adults in the state who were hospitalized due to falls, more than half could not return home or live independently.
  • Falls are not a normal part of aging. Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling.

As the facts above indicate, falls are a significant problem for older adults and for those who care for and about them.

Click the following link provided by the Center of Disease Control to check if you are at risk for falling: CDC-Check Your Risk for Falling

Sources:
CDC's WISQARS™ website (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)
1. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html
2. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/nonfatal.html
3. https://wisqars.cdc.gov:8443/costT/
New Hampshire Health Wisdom Website - Connecting NH to Healthy Data:
4. https://wisdom.dhhs.nh.gov/wisdom/InjuryPreventionHospitalDischargeData
5. New Hampshire Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Sets (NHUHDDS) 2015, please note:
  • The 2015 data estimates are calculated using a 9 month annualized rate with the same ICD9 codes. Indicators with strong seasonal variability, e.g., asthma, may not reflect actual rates.
  • We do not have out of state hospital data yet which impacts incidence rates in many border communities and for several types of diagnoses/services.
  • We will not release 2010-2011 data due to quality issues though we may at some point revisit whether the data is consistent enough on a case by case basis.
National Council on Aging
6. https://www.ncoa.org/fall
CDC Home and Recreational Safety
7. https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adulthipfx.html