Every year, one in three Americans aged 65 and older experiences a fall. In New York City, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalization for older adults. In addition to serious injuries and deaths, falls can affect the quality of life for older adults, sometimes making it harder for them to live independently. Although falls are common, they do not need to be a normal part of aging. Falls are preventable and everyone can help older adults avoid them.
Preventing falls for seniors is a priority for a number of city-wide initiatives including OneNYC, Take Care New York 2020 and Age-friendly NYC. Learn more about the Health of Older Adults in New York City (PDF).
You can prevent falls by:
Learn how you can protect yourself and gain confidenceIn Case of a Fall.
To get free falls prevention documents by mail, call 311.