There are an estimated 3 million emergency room visits a year for older adult falls, causing over 36,000 deaths in ages 65+. In the senior population, falls are serious and costly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual medical cost for falls is more than $50 billion.

Knowing about medical and environmental conditions that increase your fall risk is critical. Those risks can include vitamin D deficiency, use of certain medications such as antidepressants or sedatives, vision problems, throw rugs or clutter in your home, and broken or uneven steps.

Dr. Stephen Giorgianni, a primary care provider at Complete Health Ormand Beach West and Complete Health’s Chief Physician for Metro-Daytona, shares some simple tips to prevent falls:

Falling puts you at risk for serious injury. If you have an injury from a fall, visit your primary care provider to discuss treatment and fall prevention. To find a Complete Health primary care location nearest you, visit