Bill Seeks to Reduce Senior Falling Accidents
A proposed federal measure seeks to bring more awareness to the dangers of seniors falling. The Keeping Seniors Safe From Falls Act of 2004 – -which was approved by the Senate late last year and is awaiting approval by the House – would, among other things, authorize a three-year government national educational campaign and grants for fall-prevention programs.
Among the findings reported by Congress in the bill:
Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among people over 65.
In 2000, falls among the elderly accounted for 10,200 deaths and 1.6 million emergency department visits.
60 percent of fall-related deaths occur among persons 75 and older.
25 percent of elderly persons who sustain a hip fracture die within one year.
Hospital admissions for hip fractures among the elderly increased from 231,000 admissions in 1988 to 332,000 in 1999.
Annually, more than 64,000 individuals who are more than 65 years of age sustain a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall.
The estimated total cost for non-fatal traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations for falls for those 65 or older is more than $3.25 billion.
For more about senior falls, see “Shelly Sez” on page 56.
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