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"The Healthy Geezer" answers questions about health and aging in his weekly column.
Question: What is the main cause of injury-related death in seniors?
Answer: Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Of all fall-related fractures, hip breaks cause the greatest number of deaths, result in the most severe health problems and greatly affect quality of life.
As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems. Then there's osteoporosis—a disease that thins bones, making them more likely to snap.
There are many steps you can take to prevent a fall and the possibility of breaking a bone. Here are a few important ones:
If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of "How to be a Healthy Geezer" at www.healthygeezer.com.
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