This is the number one cause of injury amongst the elderly
A new report has found falling is the number one cause of injury amongst the elderly.
Americans over the age of 65 fell 29 million times in 2014 -- of those falls 7 million resulted in injury, with around 800,000 being hospitalized.
The research, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found 27,000 of those falls lead to death.
According to the director of the CDC, many of these falls are preventable. However, some people fail to report the incidents out of fear of losing their independence, or worse, being moved into a nursing home.
Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, M.D., director of geriatric education at Northwell Health in Great Neck, New York, told CBS News, that delays prevention efforts, leaving the patients at risk of additional tumbles that lead to more serious injuries.
Experts suggest improving bathroom equipment -- installing railings and removing loose rugs -- since most falls happen in the bathroom near wet areas.