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Falls and How to Prevent Them

Did you know that 1 out of the 3 people aged 65 and older falls each year, receiving injuries serious enough to require medical help?

In 2003, more than 13,700 older adults nationally died from falls, making falls the leading cause of injury deaths among seniors. That same year, 1.8 million seniors were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal injuries from falls, and more than 460,000 were hospitalized.

The good news is: Falling is not an inevitable part of aging.

As part of its goal to improve senior health and well being, the Healthy Aging Partnership is making falls prevention a focus of its outreach and education efforts for 2007. Read on to find practical information, useful links and local services to help you stay fit and on your feet.

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