Dangerous Falls Are Increasing in Older Adults
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more and more elderly adults are experiencing head injuries caused by falls. In fact, current concussion rates in older adults are unprecedented.
The reasons for this increase in head injuries from falls are unknown—but perhaps it’s because higher numbers of elderly people are choosing to live at home longer than in the past. It also may be that many older adults—afraid of having their independence taken from them—are not reporting every mishap they experience.
According to the CDC, one in every 45 Americans over the age of 75 suffered a brain injury resulting in emergency medical treatment, hospitalizations, or death in 2013—up 76 percent from 2007. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death from injury in the elderly.
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