Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 29,668 Americans ages 65 and older died as a result of a fall in 2016
Falls ended the lives of 61.6 out of every 100,000 senior citizens in 2016.
In 2007, there were 47 fall-related deaths for every 100,000 senior citizens.
That means the mortality rate due to falls increased by 31% over the course of a decade, researchers reported in this week’s edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
According to the LA Times, if the fall-related mortality rate continues to rise by 3% per year, about 59,000 senior citizens will die as a result of a fall in the year 2030. Even if the mortality rate were to suddenly hold steady, the number of fatal falls in 2030 would still climb to 43,000.
For advice on reducing the risk of a fatal fall, check out these tips from the CDC’s STEADI — short for Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries — program.