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One-third of adults above the age of 65 years fall each year. The likelihood of falling increase substantially with further increasing age. 


Fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury-related death and disability among older adults.

The most serious fall injury is hip fracture. One-half of older adults who are hospitalized for hip fracture never recover their former level of function.

Falls are one of the common causes for visits to the Emergency Room and for admission to the hospital. They are also a leading cause for admission to a nursing home.

Two-thirds of those who fall will experience another fall within six months.

Approximately one-half of all falls occur at home; therefore, it is critical to address home hazards.

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