-- Nancyann Rella
(HealthDay News) -- Of all fall-related deaths, more than 60
percent involve people who are 75 years old or older. According to
the Brain Injury Association of America, falls are a leading cause
of traumatic brain injury among the elderly.
As people age, factors that contribute to falls include problems
with gait and balance, neurological and musculoskeletal
disabilities, medication use, dementia and visual impairment.
Environmental hazards such as slippery surfaces, uneven floors,
poor lighting, loose rugs and unstable furniture may play a
No matter what factors contribute to falls, here's how you can
help prevent them:
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