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It's estimated that one-third of American adults fall each year, approximately 30 percent of whom suffer moderate-to-severe injuries like bruises, hip fractures and head traumas.
Who is most at risk for falls?
It's estimated that one out of three people over age 65 and one out of two people over age 85 will suffer a serious fall, so clearly, older adults are most at risk, but age isn't the only risk factor. Other risk factors include taking multiple medications at one time and having medical conditions like arthritis, visual or cognitive impairment, balance problems and gait deficits.
What injuries typically occur as a result of falls?
Injuries caused by falls can range from minor bruises to fractured hips. Falls can also cause psychological damage as many people who suffer a fall limit their regular activities, which can lead to reduced mobility and an increased risk for future falls.
How can falls be prevented?
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