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The facts about senior falls:
- Falls are largely a preventable community health problem, as they are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among Alaskans age 65 and older, leading to approximately 36 deaths, 1,600 hospitalizations, and 123 emergency department visits in 2015.
- One of three older Alaskans fall each year on average, with those who have fallen being two or three times more likely to fall again, and the fear of falling threatens a senior's safety and independence.
- In Alaska the average estimated medical cost of a single fall-related hospitalization is $55,000, which amounted to over $41 million in public and private health care spending in 2013.
- Senior citizens can reduce their chances of falling by participating in exercise programs to improve balance and strength, reviewing their medications with a healthcare professional, having regular eye exams, as well as reducing home hazards that can cause tripping and installing safety devices.
The following pages have additional information and resources related to Senior Falls Prevention:
Injury is the third leading cause of death for Alaskans overall and the leading cause of death from age one through 44. The Alaska Injury Prevention program encourages Alaskans to be active and safe. Injuries are largely a preventable public health problem. A variety of programs in Alaska’s Injury Prevention Program are aimed at reducing the risks and minimizing the harm caused by injuries in all walks of our lives.
Alaska Injury Prevention Programs:
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