Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Impact of Falling in Wisconsin

Picture of a woman's feet tripping on a stair.
Courtesy of Pixabay
The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services reports that falling is the leading cause of accidental death among Wisconsinites 65 or older.
  • Each year, more people 65 or older in Wisconsin die from falls than in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Almost 40% of all injuries in the U.S. treated by medical personnel from 2004-2007 resulted from falls.
  • Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death from unintentional falls in the nation.
  • The death rate due to unintentional falls in Wisconsin is twice the national average.
The good news is falls are preventable. Learn more about the impact of falling and fall prevention strategies by visiting the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

Written by:
Mary Hutnik and Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning