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Harvard Medical School Guide: Preventing Falls

We all experience falls throughout childhood as a normal part of growing up, but adults fall too. In fact, every 11 seconds, an older adult in the United States is treated in an emergency department for fall-related injuries. And when adults fall, it often comes with serious consequences. Falls can not only cause injury, but can also lead to extended nursing home care, permanent disability, even death. …

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