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Safety of Seniors Act 2007

Each year, one in three older Americans (65 and older) falls and about 30% of those who fall require medical treatment. The most recent data shows that 1.8 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls, 433,000 were hospitalized, and nearly 16,000 died.

The Home Safety Council, through its work with the Falls Free Coalition Advocacy Work Group, a broad-based coalition of nonprofit organizations, is dedicated to improving the safety and health of older adults.

On April 8, 2008, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3701, the Keeping Seniors Safe from Falls Act of 2007, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ralph Hall (R-TX). Earlier in 2007, the Senate had passed companion bill S. 845, the Safety of Seniors (SOS) Act of 2007, introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and co-sponsored by Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Herb Kohl (D-WI). On April 23, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the S. 845, the Safety of Seniors Act of 2007 into law as Public Law 110-202.

To read the full version of P.L. 110-202, the Safety of Seniors Act of 2007,
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