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Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury across the lifespan.  For children under the age of 4, more than 80% of these injuries occur in the home.  Most of these home injuries are due to a  lack of parental supervision or safety precautions around stairs, furniture, and windows and the use of infant walkers.

Older children experience falls while outside on playground equipment.  For older Americans, falls represent a serious health problem, causing thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations annually. Each year, one in three adults age 65 or older will experience a fall, risking traumatic injury or disability and increasing the likelihood of future falls.

Additionally, falls are the leading cause of injury death among Americans aged 65 and older. (CDC, 2013). Fortunately, falls are preventable. See the tips below for information on how to prevent falls for your yourself and your loved ones.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Contact us

For information on Injury Prevention, email our Injury Prevention Coordinators at traumaprevention@memorialhermann.org.