Falls are the number one cause of injury and death for injury among older adults, with a fall occurring every 11 seconds.
Since the older adult population is projected to increase by 55 percent between 2015 and 2030, projected fall rates and health care spending will also soar.
NCOA is urging Congress to allocate at least $10 million for older adult falls prevention funding to the Administration for Community Living, with a
Falls in older adults are common, costly, and often preventable. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 9,562 and 45,164 medically treated falls could be prevented annually.
Evidence-based fall prevention programs offer cost-effective interventions that reduce falls and/or reduce or eliminate risk factors, promote behavior change, and leverage community networks to link clinical treatment and community services.
NCOA is urging Congress to allocate at least $10 million for older adult falls prevention funding to the Administration for Community Living, with a CDC appropriation of at least $4 million. This NCOA issue brief outlines the rationale for the $14 million in funding for falls prevention in FY21.