Wis. Ranks Highest State For Elderly Fatal Falls

Advocates for the elderly said fatal falls among Wisconsin’s aged population remain high because of a growing population, lifestyle hazards and better reporting.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said 1,393 residents age 65 and older accidentally fell to their deaths in 2017.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wisconsin routinely ranks highest in the country for elderly fatal falls.  State health officials estimate the number of residents 65 and older will increase between 2010 and 2040 from 14% to 24% of the total state population.  The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging’s executive director, Betsy Abramson, said many also blame Wisconsin’s high rates of obesity and alcohol consumption for the high number of fatal falls.  The group and others are working to prevent falls through home modifications, medication reviews, vision screening and a balancing program.