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Falling Is Taking a Toll on Elderly Brains

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  • Among U.S. adults aged 75 and older, 1 in 45 suffered from a brain injury that led to an emergency room visit, hospitalization or death in 2013
  • This is a 76 percent increase from 2007 — with the primary cause being falls
  • Regular exercise, protecting your vision health and removing home hazards can significantly reduce your risk of falls

By Dr. Mercola

Falls are a leading cause of injury among Americans aged 65 and over, with 1 in 5 leading to a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. More than 1 in 4 older Americans falls every year, and such falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among this population.

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