Status: Getting worse
Most Recent Data:
78.0 deaths per 100,000 population (2021) *
63.4 per 100,000 *
64.4 deaths per 100,000 population aged 65 years and over were caused by unintentional falls in 2018 *
* Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.
Reduce fall-related deaths among older adults
Data Sources: National Vital Statistics System - Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; Population Estimates, Census
Falls are a major cause of death for older adults in the United States, and deaths from falls have increased in recent years. Strategies to help older adults living on their own or in care facilities prevent falls, like interventions to increase physical activity, can reduce deaths in this age group.
Topics: Injury Prevention, Older Adults
Workgroup: Injury and Violence Prevention Workgroup