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Mortality rate from falls in adults over 75 more than doubled from 2000 to 2016

Wednesday, June 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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The New York Times (6/4, Hafner) reports a CDC study “found that for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016.” Study author Elizabeth Burns, a health scientist at the CDC, said, “The most likely reason is that people are living longer with conditions that in the past they might have died from.” The findings were published in JAMA.

The AP (6/4, Tanner) reports a separate study examined participants aged 70 and older who had recently fallen, half of whom were enrolled in an exercise program that “involved exercises three times a week at home for a year, with five sessions led by a physical therapist.” In the study, “there were 236 falls...among the exercise group compared with 366 falls among the others.” The findings from this study were also published in JAMA.

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