A fall is defined as any event that leads to an unplanned, unexpected contact with a supporting surface, such as the floor or a piece of furniture, that is not the result of a push or shove or the result of a medical event, such as a heart attack.
A near fall, however is a stumble or loss of balance that would result in a fall if you were unable to catch yourself.
Top Risk Factors
Fear of falling
Timid walking - less foot clearance (shuffling), bent knees to lower the center of mass and reduction in arm swing that balances the movement of the legs
The fall risk affecting the largest number of adults age 65 and over was home hazards, with an estimated of 38 million individuals demonstrating a risk for falls. By taking care of these factors, falls can be prevented.
Source: Levasseur, D. (2022). Home Safety/Falls. PowerPoint Presentation.