Vermont Falls Data
From 2010-2014, 687 Vermont adults, died as the result of a fall, 90% of these deaths were among Vermonters 65 and older. In that same time frame, nearly 10 thousand older adults in Vermont were hospitalized and over 100 thousand went to local emergency departments due to a fall.
For both men and women, the highest rates of fall-related hospitalization/ED visits are among those 65 years old and older. The difference, as compared with other age groups, is statistically significant. The second highest rates of fall-related hospitalization/ED visits are among those ages 0 to 14 for both men and women. The fall-related hospitalization/ED visit rates among women ages 65 and older is more than twice the rate among women ages 0 to 14 (7,876.8 per 100,000 as compared to 3,748.5 per 100,000). The difference in fall-related hospitalization/ED visit rates between these two age groups among men is much smaller (4,515.5 per 100,000 men ages 0 to 14 as compared to 4,883.0 per 100,000 men ages 65 and older).
Gender differences in fall-related hospitalization/ED visit rates were statistically significant for all age groups. Among those under the age of 25, men had higher fall-related hospitalization/ED visits rates. Among those ages 25 and older, women had higher fall-related hospitalization/ED visit rates.
According to the Vermont Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, more than a third (35%) of Vermont adults 45 and older said they fell at least once in the last 12 months and 36% of those who fell reported being injured in that fall. Twenty-eight percent of U.S. adults said the same, a statistically significant difference. The average number of falls in the last year among Vermont adults at least 45 years of age is 1.4. Eight percent of adults 45 and older reported two falls, four percent said they’d fallen three times, and six percent fell at least four times in the last year. Men and women said they experienced at least one fall at similar rates. Adults 45‐64 and 65 and older report falling at least once at similar rates. Overall, the proportion of adults 45 and older with at least one fall in the last 12 months increased significantly from 2014 to 2016 (31% vs. 35%). Learn more.