Falls-related injuries are a significant concern among aging populations. Falls prevention programs help seniors to modify their environments to prevent risks for falls and increase their mobility, balance and strength to lower their likelihood of experiencing an injury. In persons age 65 and older, one in three community-dwelling seniors will experience a fall. For those aged 80 and older, one in two will experience a fall.
In 2012, unintentional falls were the leading cause of injury deaths in Santa Clara County as well as for adults ages 65 and older. Falls accounted for 65% of injury deaths among adults ages 65 and older.
For more data on senior falls in Santa Clara County click here.
SVHAP works with community agencies to offer programs that empower seniors by reducing the fear of falls and training them in proven practices that help prevent falls. For a Falls Prevention Toolkit, click here.