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Deaths from falls are soaring — here’s how to prevent them

June 18, 2019

From the MarketWatch website

Older Americans, beware: Falling can be dangerous, even deadly.

The number of deaths from falling tripled between 2000 and 2016, from about 8,600 to more than 25,000, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rates of death from falls more than doubled, from 52 per 100,000 in 2000 to 122 per 100,000 in 2016.

The elderly are most at risk, the data show. The rate of death from falling was 42 per 100,000 for those between 75 and 79, compared with 591 per 100,000 for people 95 and older. The reasons for these stark increases were unknown, researchers said, and there may have been some overestimation or underestimation of deaths.

But falling is a danger, and it can lead to serious injuries and diseases.

From → Health & Safety

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