In 2010, the total medical cost of fall injuries for people 65 and older, adjusted for inflation, was $30 billion. By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion. The costs of fall injuries increase rapidly with age. The CDC recommends various ways in which older adults can remain independent and reduce their chance of injury by: exercising regularly, asking doctors or pharmacists to review their medicines, and make changes in their homes to increase their mobility and prevent injury.
CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map part of CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment for individuals living in the community, and help meet the needs of care partners. Specific actions are addressed in four domains: monitor and evaluate; educate and empower the nation; develop policy and mobilize partnerships; and assure a competent workforce.
This webinar will explore areas for synergy between existing state-based efforts to prevent injury among those with Alzheimer's and other dementia. It will highlight integrated injury prevention initiatives and policies encompassing public awareness and education, partnerships, data and research, and community-based programs.
This is the second webinar of a Healthy Aging webinar series focusing on strategies and partnerships for improving and sustaining the health of older adults and their communities.