The IDPH Injury and Violence Prevention Program will release a variety of special emphasis reports. We are pleased to share the first report, entitled Illinois: Special Emphasis Report: Fall Injuries among Older Adults 2008-2014. The 6-page report shares data about fall deaths, nonfatal fall hospitalizations, demographic data, projected lifetime costs, survey (BRFSS) data and fall prevention resources. You also can find the document under the “Publications” section of the IDPH Injury and Violence Prevention webpage.
- Residents ages 65 and older account for 79 percent of all fall deaths and 37.0 percent of nonfatal fall hospitalizations in Illinois.
- Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Illinois residents ages 65 and older, accounting for 37 percent of TBI deaths and 56 percent of TBI hospitalizations.
- Projected lifetime costs associated with fall injuries in 2014 among Illinois residents ages 65 and older are estimated to be $2.35 billion.
- Each week, there are 1,923 emergency department visits among residents ages 65 and older, 213 hospitalizations, and 16 deaths due to fall injuries in Illinois.