17 Dec Fear of Falling
Once dismissed as simply a part of aging, falling has become a growing public health crisis of near-epidemic proportions, posing challenges for policymakers, caregivers and adults of all ages.
Between 2000 and 2013, the number of older adults who died from falls each year more than doubled, from 10,273 to 25,464. Millions more are injured. The medical costs of falling run more than $30 billion a year, and may double by 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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