Programs Reduce Risk of Falls

January 25, 2016

Seniors should be aware of their limitations so they are less likely to fall, but it’s important not to be overly cautious.

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and over, and 2.5 million seniors end up in hospital emergency departments for treatment every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequences can range from bruises, fractured hips and head injuries to irreversible conditions that can lead to death. Older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again.

But a dangerous fall does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Programs that help reduce risk are available around the country.

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