Falls are a top cause of injury and death
For Floridians that are over the age of 65, falls are a top cause of injury and death. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of all Americans over age 65 suffer a fall each year. This is why it is important to make sure that all caregivers are aware of the best ways to prevent these falls.
Another estimate from the CDC shows that there are nearly 1,800 people in nursing homes that are killed each year from injuries from falling.
Statistics from the Florida Health Department show that in 2009, there were nearly 1,714 falls that lead to death and 42,754 were hospitalized from falls. Because of the severity of the issue, a Statewide Senior Falls Prevention Coalition has now been formed and just had their first meeting.
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