Fatal falls for seniorsby Corrado Alfano - 2010.09.03
An estimated 424 000 fatal falls occur each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury death, after road traffic injuries. This was revealed by the World Health Organisation, which suggests that adults older than 65 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls. But who is at risk togheter with seniors? Young adults aged 15-29 years and children aged 15 years or younger, while a ranking by gender puts men at the top of the victims. Though not fatal, approximately 37.3 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention occur each year. Such falls are responsible for over 17 million DALYs (disability-adjusted life years) lost. The economic costs from fall-related injuries are substantial. According to Canadian studies, the implementation of effective prevention strategies with a subsequent 20% reduction in the incidence of falls among children under 10 could create a net savings of over US$ 120 million each year.