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Short falls can be 'hazardous' for elderly

3rd November 2010

Arthritis Research UK says that preventing falls in older people was vital to prevent fractures.

It comes as new research suggested that while simple ground-level falls tend to be more of an inconvenience than a major hazard for young people, they can lead to severe injury and death in older individuals. Those aged over 70 are three times more likely to die following a ground-level fall, where a person trips or stumbles rather than falling from height, than their younger counterparts.

 

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