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In Massachusetts, for people age 65 years and older falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits as well as the leading cause of injury-related deaths. However, falls should never be considered a normal part of the aging process, because most falls are preventable.
There is a lot of information available on how older adults (and their caregivers) can reduce fall risks, avoid fall-related injuries and follow a healthy aging approach to life. This includes learning more about evidence-based falls prevention programs offered in most communities, removing hazards in the home environment, reviewing medications that may have negative side effects, etc. There is also information available on what to do if a fall happens to reduce further injury.