"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 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.