NCOA Celebrates Older Americans Month with Focus on Preventing Falls
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is celebrating Older Americans Month with resources to help older adults prevent life-threatening falls.
Older Americans Month is sponsored each May by the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). This year’s theme is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. The focus is on injury prevention, including fire, motor vehicle, and consumer product safety; improper use of medicine; and more.
NCOA and its national, state, and local partners in the Falls Free® Initiative are putting a special emphasis on how individuals and communities can work together to prevent falls among seniors.
According to ACL, “unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year.” More than 21,700 older adults die from falls each year, and every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. The direct medical cost of falls is currently estimated to top $36 billion annually and is expected to grow to nearly $62 billion by 2020, costing Medicare about $46 billion.