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November 7, 2017

Evidence Supports Action to Prevent Injurious Falls in Older Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle
JAMA. 2017;318(17):1659-1660. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15098

With the aging of the population, the occurrence of falls among older adults is increasing in the United States and worldwide.1 In 2014, the incidence of falls among people older than 65 years was 672 per 1000 population in the United States, and the incidence increases with age. Among people older than 85 years, the fastest growing segment of the US population, fall incidence was 820 per 1000 population in 2014.2 In addition, the risk of falls increases substantially among individuals as they develop dementia.3