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Welcome the Fall Season by Supporting National Falls Prevention Awareness

Contributed by Sherri Snelling

While Saturday marked the first official day of fall, this whole season is the kick-off to Falls Prevention Awareness.  Falls – whether they happen in the home or just getting around town – are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 3 Americans over age 65 suffers a fall and more than 18,000 seniors die every year from a fall-related incident.  Whether the fall results in a hip fracture, a head injury or other physical problem, more than 2.3 million seniors age 65+ were treated in ERs across the country with a non-fatal fall injury with more than 662,000 of those cases resulting in hospitalizations.

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