The Price of Falling

The Price of Falling | Rebecca Eddy

The ability to sustain one’s balance or to have the resilience to get back up relatively unscathed after a fall is something often taken for granted by the young and the healthy. For older individuals, and those with chronic illnesses, a fall is a serious mishap and can greatly impact their subsequent quality of life. Every year, approximately 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 experience a fall, which may or may not land them in the hospital. Cases that do result in hospitalization can be extremely costly, so much so that by 2020 the combined annual cost of fall-related injuries during that year alone may be as much as $67.7 billion.

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