(Reuters Health) – Death rates from falls are rising among elderly Americans – and climbing fastest among seniors in their 90s, a U.S. study suggests.
Among all adults 75 and older, mortality from falls climbed 5.1 percent from 2000 to 2016, researchers report in JAMA. Death rates from falls rose the most – 6.4 percent – among people 95 and up.
“People can die after a fall for many reasons, which may include head trauma, internal bleeding, and complications of a bone fracture,” said study co-author Dr. Robin Lee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
“The latter may lead to hospitalization, immobility in bed, and respiratory or other infections, which can be fatal,” Lee said by email.
Falls are the leading cause of both traumatic brain injury and hip fractures, and more than half of hip fractures prove fatal within one year, Lee said.
Many older adults may also be taking medications with side effects that can increase the risk of falling…
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