Falls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older Americans
From Health Day:
Deaths from falls are increasing sharply among elderly Americans, a new study finds. Nearly 25,000 people 75 and older died as a result of falls in 2016 — almost three times as many as in 2000. And experts warn that the toll is likely to rise along with population shifts. “As the United States population continues to age, we can expect more deaths from falls,” said researcher Robin Lee, an epidemiologist at the Injury Center of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We can also expect more hospitalizations and nursing home admissions as a result of falls.” An estimated $50 billion was spent on medical care related to falls in 2015, Lee said. For both men and women, the death rate due to falls per 100,000 people roughly doubled between 2000 and 2016, according to the study. For men, the rate rose from about 61 per 100,000 to 116. Among women, the death rate jumped from 46 to 106 per 100,000.
Source/more: Health Day