As an older adult living in Michigan, you have a higher risk of suffering a serious fall that leads to injury or death than your younger friends, family members and neighbors. While some of your enhanced fall risk comes from lifestyle-related factors, such as how physically fit you are, others arise because of environmental factors, and these can vary broadly based on where you live and where you spend most of your time.
According to the National Council on Aging, falls have become the most common cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among Americans 65 and older, with an older adult seeking care in an emergency room for fall-related injuries every 11 seconds. Altogether, more than 27,000 older adults die due to fall-related injuries each year, while another 800,000 undergo hospitalization due to falls on an annual basis. Just what types of factors make today’s older Americans fall and hurt themselves?