Injuries from falls are one of the most prevalent risks to adults age 65 and older. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of these types of accidents occur every year. In fact, the CDC estimates that one out of three elderly adults will experience a fall each year.
Fortunately, many of these falling accidents do not result in serious injuries. This is perhaps the reason that many victims of falls never discuss them with their health care providers. The bad news is that according to 2013 statistics, nonfatal falls accounted for 2.5 million incidents where elderly people required emergency room treatment. Even worse, 734,000 of those victims required hospitalization.