Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 3628 Appendix Appendix A: Healthcare Costs and Savings According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Report (2003), “The increased number of persons aged 65 years will potentially lead to increased health-care costs…In addition, between 2000- 2020, public financing of long-term care is projected to increase 20%-21% in the United States. However, these increases will be less if public health interventions decrease disability among older persons, helping them to live independently.” Slips, trips, and falls from steps or stairs are by far the leading cause of hospitalizations nationwide. iii Adults ages 55 and older are more prone to becoming victims of falls, and the resulting injuries can diminish their ability to lead active, independent lives.iii 40 percent of all hospitalizations in Eagle County involve adults over the age of 55.iii Falls and falls-related injuries have enormous personal and economic consequences to individuals, society, and the state healthcare system. In Colorado, the average length of stay for older adults hospitalized due to falling is 4.7 days, amounting to an average hospital charge of $15,073.ix Annual hospitalization charges for fall-related injuries in Colorado total more than $132 million.ix Fall-related injuries can also lead to decreased functional independence. Of the older adults who were injured and hospitalized due to a fall in a home, only 27 percent were discharged to a home after their hospitalization.ix Older adults who are supported by their community in remaining independent are likely to experience an improved quality of life, have fewer hospital visits, and have lower rates of disability. It is, therefore, in the community’s best interest to support aging in place so that older adults are able to live independently for as long as they wish to do so.