Accidents are one of the leading causes of death and hospitalization among seniors. In 1989, for those aged 65 and older, accidental falls accounted for 56% of accidental deaths and 65% of accident-related hospital separations. Mortality and hospital separation rates for accidental falls increased with age.
In 2019, the leading causes of death among adults ages 65 and older in the United States were heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
An estimated 684 000 fatal falls occur each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury death, after road traffic injuries.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1-44 years old. Unintentional injuries include opioid overdoses (unintentional poisoning), motor vehicle crashes, and unintentional falls.
Falls are the top cause of accidents in people over the age of 65. Falls are also the main cause of serious injuries and accidental deaths in older people. Even older people who appear to be strong and well can fall. Falling is a real threat to your ability to live on your own.
According to the CDC, heart disease remains the leading killer of adults over age 65, accounting for 489,722 deaths in 2014. As a chronic condition, heart disease affects 37 percent of men and 26 percent of women 65 and older, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.
When most of us say that someone died of old age, what we really mean is that someone died as a result of an illness (like pneumonia) or as a result of an event (like a heart attack) that a healthy, stronger person would likely have survived. in the hospital and died from the infection.
The leading causes of death for Americans aged 85 or more years were heart disease (28.6%), cancer (11.7) and Alzheimer’s disease (9.1%) in 2018, according to new data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
Falls Are Leading Cause Of Death For Seniors 65 And Older, According To CDC. According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of death and injury among seniors age 65 and older.
3 Leading Causes of Injury and Death in Older Americans
Unintentional injury and homicide were the leading causes of death among residents ages 15–24, each accounting for 34.2% and 32.9%, respectively, of all deaths. These were followed by suicide (9.9%) and cancer (5.8%).
Almost half of fall deaths involved head injuries, and 29.5% involved hip fractures. The other major contributors to fall deaths were diseases of the circulatory system (I00–I99) (47.4%) and diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J98) (17.4%).
About three-fourths of all deaths are among persons ages 65 and older. The majority of deaths are caused by chronic con- ditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Risk factors for falls in the elderly include increasing age, medication use, cognitive impairment and sensory deficits.