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Bush Signs the Safety of Seniors Act

Meant to raise awareness about fall prevention for seniors, the
Safety for Seniors Act was signed by President Bush late last month.
The bill also expands research that will help identify segments of the
senior population at most risk of suffering injuries from falls.

Under the Safety of Seniors Act, the U.S. Department of Health &
Human Services (HHS) will award grant money at the state and local
levels to fund education and awareness campaigns about fall prevention.

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65
and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2005, 15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to falls
and about 1.8 million received emergency room treatment for such
injuries, according to the CDC.

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