More than one-quarter of older adults experienced at least one fall in the past year

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report describes the prevalence of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults in the United States. Authors analyzed data from the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), finding that in 2018, 27.5 percent adults aged 65 years or older reported having fallen at least once in the past year. Also concerning, 10.2 percent reported that they had experienced a fall-related injury in the past year. Falls are known as the leading cause of injury among seniors but are also very preventable. Authors recommend that health care providers emphasize reducing the risk of falls through interventions such as physical therapy and medication management.

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