Dr. Donald Buck

As we age, we begin to learn — sometimes firsthand — how devastating a fall can be. It isn’t quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.

September is National Falls Prevention Month, a great time for older adults to learn about the dangers falls pose to quality of life and independence and tips to reduce risk factors.

Each year, millions of older adults experience falls and fall-related injuries. Missouri ranked 26th in a state-to-state comparison with 27.1 percent of adults age 65+ reporting a fall in the past 12 months, according to new local data from the 2021 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

About one in four people in the United States over age 65 reports falling each year. Among older adults, 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury, including 90% of hip fractures and 51% of traumatic brain injuries.