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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 8, 2016

Older Adults’ Falls Take High Toll

JAMA. 2016;316(18):1860. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15623

Health care professionals have a number of resources available to help their older patients avoid falls—the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among US adults aged 65 years or older.

A recent CDC analysis showed that in 2014, 29 million falls occurred among older adults, sending 2.8 million to hospital emergency departments for treatment. About 800 000 were hospitalized and some 27 000 died of their injuries.

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