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Fall Statistics
More than one-third of adults ages 65 years and older fall each year. Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence, and increase the risk of premature death. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes. Nationally in 2001, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries and nearly 388,000 were hospitalized (CDC, 2005)(San Diego County Elderly Fall Report)
There are 328,534 senior in SD County and 40% (109,500) will fall within the next 12 months. (SANDAG 2004)

82,124 of the seniors in San Diego will fall a second time within six months of the initial fall. (SANDAG 2004)

Among people 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of death (SANDAG 2004)

25% of people with hip fracture falls die within one year of the initial fall.

Individuals 55 years and older made up 19% of the population, 47% of the total responses by paramedics, and 60% of the paramedic responded fall injuries. (San Diego County Elderly Fall Report)

The number of paramedic responded falls for people 55 years and older increased overall by an average of 3% each year from FY 1996/97 to 2000/01.(San Diego County Elderly Fall Report)

Females make up 63% of the prehospitalized fall injuries.(San Diego County Elderly Fall Report)

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For Further Information on Fall Statistics, refer to the San Diego Elderly Fall Report