When it comes to percentages, the state of Florida has the second-highest percentage population of senior citizens, coming in behind Maine. In terms of sheer numbers, California has the greatest number of senior citizens. Because the elderly are more prone to injury, places like these often see a number of senior citizens who are injured. Common causes of injury among the elderly, according to the CDC, are falls, motor vehicle accidents, and traumatic brain injury. Two of these may be linked, with rising numbers. As MD Mag reports, the number of deaths due to traumatic brain injuries that occur during falls is on the rise.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, fall-related TBI deaths increased in 2017 from the numbers in 2008. In 2008, there were 3.86 such injuries per 100,000 people and in 2017, there were 4.52 injuries per 100,000. This represents a 17% increase.
Approximately 10% of U.S. adults at least 18 years of age report falling each year. These falls can cause serious injury and death, especially in older Americans. The rates of fall-related TBI death have increased most significantly in adults who are 75 years of age or older.
A research study used the underlying cause of death codes for data about TBI in older Americans. Any code that indicated an underlying cause of death as a far became part of the research sample. In addition, any codes that indicated a TBI-related cause of death were also taken into account.
Currently, falls that are unintentional are the second-leading cause of deaths caused by traumatic brain injury.