According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of disabling injuries and injury-related deaths in the older adult population. CDC estimates that in 2010, the over 65-year-old population experienced 2.2 million non-fatal falls, about one third of which required hospitalization.
The inflation-adjusted direct medical costs of those falls was $30 Billion (with a B) dollars. Mishaps on home stairways are repeatedly cited as the single largest avoidable contributor to those falls.
Originally posted 2014-08-05 15:56:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter