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Texas A&M Program on Healthy Aging Releases New Facts on Falls

Fall-related injuries and hospitalization are a major concern for older adults in America today. The Program on Healthy Aging at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health recently released new state-wide data documenting the public health impact of falls for Texas’ older adult population. According to Dr. Samuel Towne, postdoctoral research associate, who analyzed the latest Texas hospital discharge data, “the incidence of fall-related hospitalizations has grown among Texans 50 and older since 2007. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in the cost which now exceeds more than 3 billion dollars in 2011. For example, the average cost of a fall-related hospitalization has risen from approximately $37,000 in 2007 to more than $51,000 in 2011.”