Unintentional injuries account for the vast majority (85%) of all injury-related deaths among older Americans, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
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.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1-44 years old. The leading causes of death for unintentional injury include: unintentional poisoning (e.g., drug overdoses), unintentional motor vehicle (m.v.) traffic, unintentional drowning, and unintentional falls.
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.
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. During the 20th century these chronic diseases replaced acute infections as the major causes of death.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults age 65 and older, and the age-adjusted fall death rate is increasing. The age-adjusted fall death rate is 64 deaths per 100,000 older adults. Fall death rates among adults age 65 and older increased about 30% from 2009 to 2018.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. The second biggest cause are cancers.
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%).
3 Leading Causes of Injury and Death in Older Americans
One-third of people over 65 will fall at least once a year. Most falls occur on the flat; falls on the stairs or in the bathroom are relatively rare. Old women tend to fall in the house, old men in the garden.
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.
The five leading causes of death among teenagers are Accidents (unintentional injuries), homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease. Accidents account for nearly one-half of all teenage deaths.
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.