The graduation ceremony for the cadets of the Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday, June 1, had an unexpected moment when the president of the United States, Joe Biden, fell to the ground after tripping over a sandbag. Biden, who at 80 years old is the first octogenarian to serve as president of the United States, was quickly helped up by an officer and two members of the United States Secret Service.
While it is unknown if he sustained any injuries from the fall, it is not the first time that Biden has had a public stumble. In March 2021, he tripped three times before falling while climbing the stairs of Air Force One. Then, in June 2022, he fell from his bike while riding in Delaware, with members of the Secret Service again there to help him up.
It’s natural that some might be concerned about the president’s falls, but it’s worth noting that falls are a common problem for older adults, especially those over 65. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults aged 65 or older falls each year.
It’s important to take falls seriously, as they can lead to serious injuries such as hip fractures or head trauma, which can cause long-term health problems. However, there are steps that can be taken to prevent falls, such as staying physically active and improving balance and strength through exercise.
Given the president’s busy schedule and high-stress job, it wouldn’t be surprising if he occasionally found himself off-balance. However, it’s reassuring to know that the Secret Service is always there to help keep him safe, no matter what happens.