The National Council on Aging offers a free checkup to help older adults determine their risk for falling.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. But one thing that’s still the same: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Falls threaten the safety and independence of older Americans and can create a heavy economic and personal burden.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of Americans aged 65+ fall each year. Falls have also resulted in more than 3 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 850,000 hospitalizations and more than 29,000 deaths.
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.