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Falls Are Among the Leading Cause of Injury and Death for Seniors

Elderly Patient

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  • Each year, 2.8 million older adults are treated in U.S. emergency rooms due to falls; more than 800,000 of them are hospitalized as a result
  • Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and account for $31 billion in direct U.S. medical costs annually
  • Balance and coordination exercises and strength training, along with optimizing your vitamin D levels, can reduce your risk of falls and fall-related injuries

By Dr. Mercola

When you're young and middle-aged, you don't give much thought to falling, but as you get older your muscle and bone mass decrease and the senses that guide your balance — vision, touch and proprioception — may all start to deteriorate, and this can make you unsteady on your feet.

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