Falls are the leading cause of death by injury for older Americans, threaten their ability to remain independent and lead to enormous economic and personal costs. In 2007, more than 18,000 older Americans died from injuries related to falling. In 2009, more than 2.2 million people over age 65 were treated in emergency rooms after accidental falls, with more than 581,000 of those admitted to the hospital.
The American Geriatrics Society has released a video series devoted to addressing the problem.
Here is a link to one of the videos, featuring Drs. Lisa Granville (associate chair) and Ken Brummel-Smith (chair) from the Department of Geriatrics.
(Note: The video starts with a short advertisement unrelated to the content featuring Granville and Brummel-Smith)