Falls in the Elderly

In 2018, an average of thirteen people died each day as a result of an unfortunate fall, according to figures that the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) presented on Wednesday.

In 2018, 4,628 Dutch people died within 30 days of an unfortunate fall; almost six hundred more than in the year before. Three quarters of the deceased were eighty years of age or older.Statistics Netherlands falls accidentally falling, tripping or slipping under an unfortunate fall. People who die after a fall with a vehicle, such as a mobility scooter or walker, are not included.

The number of deaths from an unfortunate fall has been rising for years. Statistics Netherlands relates a part of this to the aging population. Nonetheless, with a correction for the changing age structure of the population, Statistics Netherlands also sees that more and more people have died in the last four years as a result of a fall.

Between 2013 and 2017, between 66,000 and 70,000 people were admitted to hospital every year after an unfortunate fall. This is often the case for people over 80 after falling out of bed or down the stairs. In 2017, there were twice as many women as men in that age category.

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