Falls Which Lead To Brain Injury Cause Half Of Elderly Deaths

June 24, 2008

A new study carried out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that falls which cause brain injuries lead to more than half of all elderly deaths..New York (ChattahBox) – A new study carried out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that falls which cause brain injuries lead to more than half of all elderly deaths.

The CDC report has shown that when an elderly person falls, the biggest area of concern should actually be their, head, instead of breaking a hip or something of that nature.

For the study, they looked at a total of 16,000 deaths from 2005, with all deaths caused by unintentional falls for those over the age of 65.

They found that over 50% of all of the deaths were a result of brain injuries which were caused by the falls.

These brain injuries beat out other causes such as strokes, heart attacks, etc.

The CDC confirmed that one in every three Americans aged 65 and older will fall each year.

The study was published in the June issue of the Journal of Safety Research.


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