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Fall Injuries

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits among adults 65 and older. Falls can result in lasting, serious consequences, affecting mobility, independence and mental health.

Fall injuries are rising among our older adult population. From 1999 to 2008, the rate of all-related deaths increased 15 percent, the rate of hospitalizations increased 19 percent. Each day, due to falls, there are 223 emergency department visits, 140 hospitalizations and 2 deaths.

Map of falls requiring emergency department visit

Fall Injuries Among New York State Residents 65 Years and Older

These charts and tables detail multi-year, statewide statistics for fall injuries among New York State residents over 65. Data is presented in annual frequency and rate per 100,000 New York State residents, 65 years and older.

In addition to the mean annual frequency and rate per 100,000 residents over 65 of deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits in the state, the tables marked with an asterisk also break down the data by age groups and gender. The percent of hip fracture and traumatic brain injury is provided. The mean charge for hospital or emergency department visit, multiple-year cumulative charges, and average length of hospital stay are also included.

Additional Information

Falls are not accidents! They are not random, uncontrollable acts of fate, but occur in predictable patterns, with recognizable risk factors and among identifiable populations. A fall is a predictable and preventable event. See our Fall Injury Prevention page for more information.

Contact Information

Center for Environmental Health
Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention
Empire State Plaza-Corning Tower, Room 1325
Albany, New York 12237
(518) 402-7900

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