Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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February 20, 2015
- Every year, one in three people aged 65 or older experiences a fall, which is the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.
- Falls among older adults cost the US $30 billion a year in direct medical expenses.
- A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programs are feasible and effective and save money.
September 28, 2012
- Glaucoma, the “sneak thief of sight,” affects more than two million US adults aged 40 or older and is projected to affect 3.3 million people by 2020.
- Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness.
- You can promote sight-saving measures by encouraging comprehensive dilated eye exams
September 14, 2012
- Older adults are at greater risk for illness and death [PDF-354KB] during an emergency.
- During National Preparedness Month, states and communities can review their emergency preparedness plans to ensure they meet the needs of vulnerable older adults.
- New CDC resources are available that can assist states and communities in planning for the needs of the elderly.
July 8, 2011
- Sixty-five percent of adults between the ages of 50 and 75 were screened for colorectal cancer in 2010.
- We can prevent an additional 1,000 colorectal cancer deaths each year by meeting the Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5% for colorectal cancer screening in the United States.
- Implementation of system-level evidence-based interventions can increase colorectal cancer screening rates.
March 18, 2011
- Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
- If everyone 50 years and older were screened for colorectal cancer as recommended, up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services finds that evidenced-based practices, such as client reminder systems, can improve colorectal cancer screening rates.
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- Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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