Falls are a major health issue in the United States, especially in light of the aging population. It is reported by the US Center for Disease Control and the National Council on Aging that 1 in 4 adults over age 65 fall each year. Approaching 3 million injuries will be treated in the emergency room with nearly 1 million hospitalizations resulting from falls. An estimated 27,000 elderly die each year from falls (that is one person every 19 minutes). As of 2014 data, over $30 billion was spent treating individuals who sustained injuries falling. Clearly this is an important health issue to begin addressing.
Many individuals are aware of their balance issues, maybe even having sustained a fall. Often older adults will begin to use an assistive device such as cane or walker to help increase their confidence walking. Frequent, people will speak about making sure they have a hand on the wall or furniture inside the home to steady themselves. And many begin to restrict leaving the house due to their balance concerns and fear of fall. Yet, so few people actually get help with their problem.