Health District, NV Goes Fall Free Coalition mark
National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, Sept. 21
LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District and its Nevada Goes Fall Free Coalition partners will mark National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, Friday, Sept. 21 with free screenings valley-wide to help seniors determine if they are at high risk for falls. Screenings are scheduled from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. visit the www.SNHD.info or www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org for a list of locations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the death rate from falls among older adults has increased by 42 percent from 2000 to 2006. Each year, one in three Americans aged 65 and over falls. In 2010, more than 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments with more than 650,000 of these patients hospitalized. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. They are responsible for approximately 50 percent of deaths and 8 percent of hospitalizations of older adults. It is estimated that the cost of treating falls in older adults is more than $28 billion annually.
In Nevada, the Center for Health Data and Research reports that in 2004 there were 132 deaths that resulted from falls, 70 percent of these occurred in Clark County. The Center also reported that between 2003 and 2005, 10,035 people were admitted to Nevada hospitals as a result of a fall, making up 45 percent of all hospital admissions for accidental injuries in that three year period.