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Small Steps To Reduce Risk Of Falling

September 17, 2012
By Mary Ann Spanos , The Post-Journal

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits among adults 65 and older. Each year in New York state, an average of 900 residents ages 65 and older die from injuries sustained from falls, and more than 128,000 are treated at hospitals due to falls. In Chautauqua County 11 people die from fall-related injuries each year, 427 people are hospitalized and 1,080 visit the ER. Every day our EMT services receive 20 calls for falls. Falls can result in lasting, serious consequences, affecting mobility, independence and mental health. Fortunately, the risk of falling can be reduced through small steps like annual eye exams, exercise programs to improve strength and balance and simple environment changes.



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