Falls affect 30 percent of persons aged greater than or equal to 65 years each year. In 2003, 13,700 persons aged greater than or equal to 65 years died from falls, and 1.8 million were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries. During 1993–2003, the rate of fatal falls among persons aged greater than or equal to 65 years increased, while the rate of hospitalizations for hip fractures decreased. Created: 11/17/2006 by MMWR.
Date Released: 6/8/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
June 8, 2007
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Unintentional falls are a common cause of injury in older adults. In 2003,
thousand seniors died and over one and a half million were treated in emergency
Researchers at CDC have found that the fatality rate for seniors has increased
last decade. Men are more likely to die from falls, while women are more likely
Women are also more likely to fracture their hip and require hospitalization.
because older women are often affected by osteoporosis, a disease that causes
To decrease your chances of falling, it’s important to exercise regularly
and to have a
doctor review all your medications. Ensure your home is as safe as possible
and free of
tripping hazards. Poor eyesight increases your risk of falling, so make sure
you get your
eyes checked annually.
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