As people age one of their biggest fears is falling and losing the ability to care for themselves. This is a valid fear since government records show that between 30 and 40 percent of people age 65 years or older fall at least once each year. Bone-breaking falls are one of the most common reasons older adults are no longer able to live in their own homes.
Falls are also the most common reason for hospitalization in older adults. When there are fractures involved, especially of the hip, it can be particularly dangerous. As many as 25 percent of people with hip fractures die within one year.
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