More than one in four adults U.S. adults over 65 fell at least once in the preceding year. This podcast discusses the importance of preventing falls among older Americans. Created: 9/22/2016 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/22/2016. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC Take Steps to Prevent Falls
Falls and Injuries Among Adults Aged =65 Years — United States, 2014
Recorded: September 20; 2016; posted: September 22, 2016
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For older adults, falls can cause serious injury, loss of independence, or even death. More than one in four adults U.S. adults over 65 fell at least once in the preceding year. Seven million caused injuries serious enough to need medical treatment or limit activity for at least a day. The risk of falling increases as we age, but steps can be taken to prevent falls. Talk openly with your health care provider about fall risks, including medications that might increase your risk, and ways to help prevent falls, including supplements, like vitamin D, and exercises, like tai chi, which can improve strength and balance.
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