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Falls among older adults

An older adults suffers a fall that requires an emergency room visit every 15 seconds. Every 29 minutes, an older American dies as a result of a fall.

National Council on Aging. National Council on Aging, Fact Sheet, Health Aging, 2014; 2014. http://www.ncoa.org/assets/files/pdf/FactSheet_HealthyAging.pdf. Accessed July 2, 2015

Reference

Title
National Council on Aging, Fact Sheet, Health Aging, 2014
Publication Date
2014
Authors
National Council on Aging
URL
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  • Today's Older Population

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