Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

5. How do falls affect people?

Falls most often do not result in any injury or result in bruises or minor cuts, but they sometimes affect a person's physical or mental well-being. At least one-tenth of falls result in serious injury to soft tissues or bones. A fall can cause a fracture, head injury, or other problem that can change a person's life.

Fractures caused by falls can lead to hospital stays and disability. They can also prevent a person from getting around, doing daily tasks, or socializing. Most often, fall-related fractures are in the person's hip, pelvis, spine, arm, hand, or ankle.

Fear of falling again can cause problems. A person who has fallen may avoid doing daily tasks or enjoyable activities. This fear can also cause the person to spend more time at home, away from other people.