Falls: Prevention and Management
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Falls are common in older people—30% of people over 65 years of age and 50% of people over 80 years of age are likely to fall within the next year, the fifth leading cause of death in elderly.
Five percent of older fallers will have a major injury such as fractured neck of the femur, subdural hematoma, etc.
Following a fall 30–40% of fallers develop fear of falling and curtail their activities.
Falls are expensive, and there needs to be a 66% reduction in incidence of falls to maintain current healthcare costs.
Falls are preventable, and a systematic approach to identifying risks and addressing them in a concerted manner is key to prevention.
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