The Cost of Falling!

Falling prevention can save lives and costs.

When I was younger, I appreciated comics like Chaplin, Lloyd, the Three Stooges, and Chevy Chase for their ability to pratfall on command and not get injured. As I age and learn more about the dangers of falling, it isn’t quite as humorous, anymore.

Falling down can lead to numerous devastating repercussions, such as severe bruises, bumps, and breaks that may require surgery and/or rehab.

The following information is data that I found from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:

Treating fall injuries is very costly. In 2013, direct medical costs for falls—what patients and insurance companies pay—totaled $34 billion. Because the U.S. population is aging, both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to rise.

Each year, millions of people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments because of falls.
Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a broken hip or head injury.
Fall injuries are among the 20 most expensive medical conditions.
The average hospital cost for a fall injury is $35,000.
The costs of treating fall injuries goes up with age.
Medicare pays for about 78% of the costs of falls.

Think of the lives that could be improved, the money that we could save, and the reduction in costs to the medical and insurance industries if patients could learn better balance control, increase strength and flexibility exercises, learn how to fall correctly, and create a more a cushioned environment within their living space.

Here are three resources/exercise programs you may want to consider:

Parkinson’s Disease and the Art of Moving:
Functional Fitness for everyone living with Parkinson’s/Delay the Disease:
PWR!Moves Make FUNction Exercise!:

Prevention and awareness can lead to avoiding falls. Just something to consider and ponder.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, He is a Community Team Member to and is a contributor to His blog,, has been recognized four years in a row by as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! has recognized for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on July 7, 2016, in Education, Education & Support, Health, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, Wellness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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