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By Majestic Rose on 12/26/2016
By Majestic Rose on 6/14/2011
Falls is such a big problem among our elderly population.  Falls can lead to severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injuries and can even increase the risk of early death.  Most fractures among the elderly are caused by falls.  The most common are fractures of the hip, upper arm, forearm, hand, leg, ankle, and pelvis.  Fortunately, falls is a health problem that is largely preventable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults 65 and older will experience a fall.  Among those adults who are 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death.  In 2007, over 18,000 older adults died from unintentional falls and traumatic brain injuries accounted for 46% of these fatalities.  In 2006, there were 316,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures in people age 65 and older and over 90% of the hip fractures were caused by falling.

People age 85 and older are 10 to 15 times more likely to sustain a hip fractures than those who are 60 to 65.  One in...