Indiana State Department of Health 

Fall Injuries among Older Adults 2016

Annually, millions of older people (aged 65 and older) fall. 1 out of 4 older adults will fall each year, but less than half of them tell their doctor.  Those who have fallen in the past are at twice the risk of falling in the future. 

In Indiana, residents aged 65 and older account for 82.1% of all fall deaths and 71.8% of nonfatal fall hospitalizations in Indiana. They are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Indiana residents 65 and older. In Indiana, falls were responsible for 53% of TBI deaths; in addition, 47.1% of fall hospitalizations among older adults were associated with a TBI. Weekly, there are 879.8 emergency department visits among residents aged 65 and older, 240.3 hospitalizations, and 7.6 deaths due to fall injuries in Indiana.

The projected lifetime costs of falls in Indiana residents (65 and older) are estimated to be $740 million.  

For more information about fall injuries in Indiana, please see the 2016 Special Emphasis Report: Fall Injuries among Older Adults.


HUD Report on Fall Prevention

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a wide-ranging report focusing new attention on the rapidly growing problems of senior falls. The report found that while extensive research on specific fall preventions and strategies and their effectiveness exists, there was a significant gap on how to overcome obstacles to improve policies and programs designed to reduce senior falls.

The 36-page report, Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly Final Report recommends a range of ways for HUD and other government and philanthropic entities to help communities overcome obstacles to the development and implementation of senior falls prevention and coordinated care policies and programs.

The Report covers the severe impacts of fall related injuries on the individual and on healthcare costs to society. About one-third of adults age 65 years or older fall each year, with most falls occurring inside the home.  By 2020, expenditures related to injuries from falls to seniors are projected to cost nearly $59.7 billon.