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Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans

February 17, 2017

fallingFalls are the leading cause of injury and death among older people in the United States, and this health threat is likely to grow since 10,000 Americans now reach age 65 every day, a new federal report shows.

Every second of every day, an older American falls. As falls increase, so do health care costs. In the report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors to help prevent falls among this high-risk group.

“Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. “Health care providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”

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