According to the CDC each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. In 2011, emergency departments treated 2.4 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults; more than 689,000 of these patients had to be hospitalized. Approximately 10% of those sustain serious fractures.
About 50% of those who sustain a fracture do not fully recover and many lose independence for life. Direct costs do not account for the long-term effects of these injuries such as disability, dependence on others, lost time from work and household duties, and reduced quality of life.