Agency on Aging

Fall Prevention


Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.”  However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

   Read more myths about falling.

An Overview of How to Prevent Falls

Falling is not a certainty just because you're aging.  In fact, there are ways to greatly minimize your risk of becoming a statistic. 

Download a list of the six steps.

6 Pasos para Prevenir una Caída 
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Making Your Home Safer

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults and a third of these falls involve hazards at home. Use the following check-list to identify potential hazards and know what to do about them.
Fall Prevention Checklist

P.R.I.D.E. - A Community Resource

Yale's PRIDE program is a Free, Fast, and Easy way to increase an individual's chances of safely remaining in their home.  PRIDE provides fall-risk assessment, a home safety check and connection to community resources. To find out more visit the PRIDE website. 

Are you a caregiver? 

Visit the Caregiver Corner on Care Network Link for more ways you can help prepare a safe environment for your family member and tips on how to have a conversation about risk factors.