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Among Americans 65 and older, about one in six has suffered a fall
in the past three months, with about a third of those individuals
sustaining injuries such as a broken hip, according to the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a report issued late last week, the CDC confirms that falls are
the leading threat to seniors’ independence and their ability to
function. The agency also reports that the annual direct medical costs
for fall-related U.S. injuries for seniors were estimated at $19
million in 2000. Plus, the CDC says the survey may be underestimating
the problem because it did not include people living in long-term care
residences.

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