Healthy People 2030 sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade. It notes that “Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults, and many older adults go to the emergency department after falling. Older adults are more likely to fall if they have balance problems, poor vision, or dementia — or if they take several medications. Physical activity programs and home safety interventions may help prevent fall-related emergency department visits in older adults.” Healthy People 2030 includes a national objective (OA-03) to reduce the rate of emergency department visits due to falls among older adults.
This indicator measures the rate of emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to ground-level falls among older adults in California. Check out the Health Reimagined Goal Page to explore dynamic visualizations and view more detailed data related to this topic.
This indicator is currently under construction - to learn more about our data sources and methodologies, please see the Data Dashboard for Aging - About the Data Technical Guide.