Falls can destroy seniors' self confidence

Mary Bradshaw receives assistance from Siskin 28-year veteran Physical Therapy Assistant Stephen Gilchrist during an afternoon workout in the therapy gym. Bradshaw has suffered several recent, disabling falls.

By the numbers

* One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.* Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.* Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.* One-third of Americans 65 and older fall each year.* Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.* More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.› Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.* Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually.