Falls are one of the leading causes of injury for all age groups, from infants to older adults. Falls at home and in the community are preventable. The Department of Health works to help Rhode Islanders prevent falls to ensure that people of all ages are safe, secure, and able to live to their full potential.
Falling is a natural part of childhood as children learn new skills, test their limits, and explore things around them. Most falls are harmless. However, some falls can result in serious injury, including open wounds, fractures, broken bones, or even brain injury. (more)
Most fall-related hospitalizations in Rhode Island occur among people age 65 and older. (more)