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Fall rate nearly 50% among older Americans with dementia

With falls causing millions of injuries in older adults each year, it is an increasingly important public health concern. Older adults living with dementia have twice the risk of falling and three times the risk of incurring serious fall-related injuries, like fractures, compared to those without dementia. For older adults with dementia, even minor fall-related injuries can lead to hospitalization and nursing home admission. A new study from researchers in Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, has shed light on the many and varied fall-risk factors facing older adults in community-living environments.

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