Falls among older adults are a
growing public health concern. It is expensive.
It adds to hospital costs. It is a health issue, and many individuals
die every year because of falls. But falls also contribute to social
isolation and affects not only the individual, but also their family
and the communities around them. But falls among older adults
are not inevitable. They are preventable. There are proven, evidence-based
strategies for reducing falls. And we at the Baltimore City
Health Department are using a data-based,
science-based, innovated approach in order to reduce falls in our
older adults to improve health and
improve well-being. Every year in Baltimore, there are
nearly 5,000 older adults who visit the ER for falls.
Every single one of those visits could be prevented, and that’s
what we aim to do in Baltimore. To improve the lives and the
well-being of our older adults. Improve their health outcome and contribute
overall to the stability of the community. Our falls initiative has three pillars,
and I’ll describe the three pillars because they tie into who
it is that we have as partners. The first pillar is that we
identify using as close to real time data as possible about where
it is that older adults are falling. The second is that we then
target the interventions accordingly. The third is we enlist the
assistance of many partners in public education and
public outreach campaign. Our goal is to reduce the rate of
hospital ER visits from older adults due to falls by 20% in
the next ten years.
Which is 1,000 falls that
we hope to be preventing. That’s a thousand families and tens
of thousands of people who would have their lives be different and
better as a result of this intervention.