Fall Stop


Why fallSTOP?

One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare provider about it.


Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.


In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.


The fallSTOP program helps to reduce fall risk factors by combining education with other risk reduction approaches such as medication review and management, phycisal assessment, vision screening and correction, foot care, nutrition education, and creating safer living environments.



The fallSTOP program provides community assessments, education classes and support groups, and referrals to community-based services specialized in improving the health of older adults.


What is fallSTOP?


1. Assessment

The fallSTOP program provides community based assessments. Contact us about availability.


2. Communication

The fallSTOP program maintains communication with your primary healthcare provider to improve your health care.


3. Support

The fallSTOP program provides quarterly education sessions and monthly classes on specific fall- prevention topics. Contact us about times and locations.



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 4. Referral

The fallSTOP program provides referrals to community programs and companies that specialize in improving health care for adults.

Falls are costly.

Fall-related injuries among older adults, especially women, are associated with substantial economic costs. In 2010, the direct medical costs of falls was about $30 billion. As the number of older adults increases dramatically over the next few decades, so will the economic burden of falls.


Falls are preventable.

The opportunity to help reduce falls has never been better. By offering effective fall prevention programs in our communities, we can reduce falls and help older adults live better, longer lives.


Falls can be devastating.

About one out of ten falls among older adults results in a serious injury, such as a hip fracture or head injury, that requires hospitalization. In addition to physical and emotional pain this involves, many people need to spend at least a year recovering in a long-term care facility. Some never return to their homes.


Falls can be deadly.

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. The rate of fall-related deaths among older adults in the United States has risen significantly over the past decade. In 2010, about 21,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.



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