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September Tips of the Month: Healthy Aging Month - Fall Prevention

Falls are the most common cause of accidents over 65 years of age and the leading cause of mortality due to the injury. One out of every three elderly adults fall per year. Falls are responsible for approximately 200,000 hip fractures resulting in 10,000 deaths annually. Those at greatest risk are 75 years of age and older. Eighty-five percent of falls occur in the home.

One of the contributing factors to increased falls in the older population is decreased activity and exercise. This leads to diminished muscle tone. Just small increases of activity and exercise can improve muscle tone and decrease the chance of falling. Exercise is important because it can strengthen our bones, muscles and heart.

 

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