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Falls Prevention

Falls Can Be Deadly

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults. Falls can result in fractures and head injuries, disability and loss of independence. Complications from falls can even lead to nursing home placement. Fortunately, falls are largely preventable. There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling, beginning with awareness of the risks and how they might apply to you.

New Report

The New York City Department of Health identifies falls as the leading cause of injury among older New Yorkers. More than 45,000 are treated for falls each year and each year approximately 17,000 are hospitalized.

Read 2014 Health Department Report (in PDF)

Some Risk Factors for Falls
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Previous falls.
  • Gait or balance impairment.
  • Use of medications.
  • Visual impairment.
  • Depression.
  • Dizziness.
  • Home safety hazards.
  • Arthritis, Diabetes, vestibular dysfunction, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular conditions, cognitive impairment.
Take Action to Prevent Falls
Visit the NYC Falls Prevention Coalition
Read a data profile of falls in New York City (in PDF)
Get helpful hints and safety checklist from NYC Department of Health (in PDF)
Read about falls prevention from the National Institutes of Health
Download Checklist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (in PDF)
Download Fact Sheets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention