Study suggests increase in falls among the elderly

January 19, 2015

Study suggests increase in falls among the elderly

U-M Health System News

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  Over a 12-year period, the prevalence of falls among older adults appeared to be on the rise, according to a new nationally representative study.

Falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults and about a third of older adults fall each year. Researchers analyzed data from 1998-2010 among adults age 65 and over and found an 8 percent increase in falls – which translates to a relative increase of nearly 30 percent.

The findings appear in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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