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Elderly in residential care facilities at risk for fall injuries

from Houston Chronicle

About 15 percent of elderly residents in residential care facilities nationwide have been injured in a fall, according to a new study from researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. The study, published recently in the Journal of Aging and Health, analyzed data from the National Center of Health Statistics. The researchers found that women who needed assistance with at least one activity of daily living, such as dressing or walking, were more likely to fall. Falls were more common in larger facilities. more

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