Falls are a leading cause of death for seniors — CDC offers tools for healthcare providers
Among older Americans, falls are the leading cause of injuries and deaths from injuries — in 2014, older adults had 29 million falls, which caused 7 million injuries and cost Medicare roughly $31 million, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report.
According to CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, healthcare providers can help reverse the increasing number of falls among American seniors. “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice,” he said.
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