Older Americans need to go for regular eye exams, get rid of their throw rugs, and retire their high heels. These are just some of the pieces of advice experts on aging and government health officials are doling out in tandem with a new report that shows falls are the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults over 65.
In 2014, older Americans fell 29 million times, leading to seven million injuries, according to the report out today in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. About 2.8 million cases were treated in emergency departments, and approximately 800,000 seniors went on to be hospitalized for fall-related issues. More than 27,000 falls led to death.
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Source: Mary Brophy Marcus, CBS News [9/22/16]