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Federal report calls for greater action to reduce falls, injuries to seniors at home

About one-third of adults 65 or older fall in their homes, resulting in injury, long-term disability or premature institutionalization. By 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, the cost related to these kinds of injuries will be nearly $60 billion a year. In an effort to reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a wide-ranging report recommending a more holistic approach to seniors aging in place and their health needs. Released during National Healthy Homes Month, HUD’s Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly recommends that government and philanthropic organizations work together to integrate fall prevention strategies and support efforts related to aging in place, senior safety at home and continuous care models.

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