DefinitionDeaths with a fall-related injury as the underlying cause of death.
ICD-10 codes: W00-W19
NumeratorNumber of deaths due to falls
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
Why Is This Important?Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among persons 65 years and older in New Jersey.
Healthy People Objective: Prevent an increase in the rate of fall-related deaths: Adults aged 65 years and olderU.S. Target: 47.0 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: is not comparable because it is based on the crude rate
Other Objectives'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective OA-2''': Prevent an increase in the fall-related death rate per 100,000 persons aged 65 years and older. Targets are 25.5 among all races/ethnicities, 29.1 among Whites, 12.8 among Blacks, 12.4 among Hispanics, and 13.9 among Asians. ''Baseline data have been updated since the original targets were set, so these targets are slightly different from ones previously published.''
How Are We Doing?The fall-related death rate among persons aged 65 and over is increasing in both the U.S. and New Jersey, however the increase in the nation as a whole is steeper than in New Jersey. The rate among Whites is about double the rates among Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians and the rate among males is 1.3 times the rate among females.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The U.S. death rate due to falls among persons aged 65 years and older is more than double the New Jersey rate.
What Is Being Done?Each September, the New Jersey Department of Human Services' (NJDHS) Division of Aging Services and a statewide Fall Prevention Coalition coordinate [http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/fallprev/ Fall Prevention Week] to promote awareness of the impact of falls and strategies for reducing risk. Efforts are also in place to provide people at risk for falls with opportunities to learn about prevention and practice healthy behaviors. In collaboration with community partners, the NJDHS Division of Aging Services is building statewide capacity for local delivery of evidence-based fall prevention programs such as A Matter of Balance and Project Healthy Bones. In addition, a one-hour curriculum on fall prevention is available for health educators to use for community education (training required).
Health Program InformationThe NJDHS Division of Aging Services' [http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/healthease/ HealthEASE] program includes program coordination, as well as physical activity, health education, and coordinated screening components designed specifically for adults over the age of sixty. Components and related programs include group exercise, fall prevention education, management of concerns about falling, and bone density testing.