General Falls Information

Key facts (WHO, 2021):

  • Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths worldwide.
  • Each year an estimated 684 000 individuals die from falls globally of which over 80% are in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Adults older than 60 years of age suffer the greatest number of fatal falls.
  • 37.3 million falls that are severe enough to require medical attention occur each year.
  • Prevention strategies should emphasize education, training, creating safer environments, prioritizing fall-related research and establishing effective policies to reduce risk.
  • A range of interventions exist to prevent falls across the life-course

National Council on Aging

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging.

The National Council on Aging houses the National Falls Prevention Resource Center which increases public awareness about the risk of falls and supports the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based falls prevention programs and strategies across the nation. The online Resource Center has fall prevention content and messaging tailored to specific audiences, including professionals, caregivers, and older adults.

The CDC also provides organizations with the building blocks of effective fall prevention programs by providing examples, resources, and tips.

Resources For Health Care Providers:

Resources For Family and Community Members, Patients, Caregivers:

Presentations: General Falls Prevention