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Health Agencies Update
September 22/29, 2015

National Council on Aging Releases New Falls Prevention Action Plan

JAMA. 2015;314(12):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11622

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has released the “Falls Free: 2015 National Falls Prevention Action Plan” (http://bit.ly/1E0ipno). The action plan builds on a 2005 NCOA report and incorporates recommendations and evidence-based strategies presented at the 2015 Falls Prevention Summit.

According to the 2015 action plan, about 1 of 3 adults 65 and older falls each year, and unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal and fatal injuries for elderly adults, such as hip fractures and head trauma. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 25 500 elderly individuals in the United States died from unintentional fall injuries (http://1.usa.gov/1kL9bfn).

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