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Workgroup Makes the Case for Older Adult Falls

The Falls Free Coalition Advocacy Workgroup sent a letter to the Chairman Tom Harkin (IA) and Ranking Member, Arlen Specter (PA) of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS Education and to Chairman Dave Obey (WI) and Ranking Member Todd Tiahrt (KS) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS Education.

The letters requested that as the Fiscal Year 2010 federal funding priorities are finalized, $20.7 million is set aside for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Unintentional Injury Prevention” account to allow the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) to comprehensively address the large-scale growth of older adult falls, as authorized by P.L. 110-202, The Safety of Seniors Act of 2007.

CDC reports the mortality rate from falls among older adults has increased 39% between 1999 and 2005. Each year, one in three Americans 65 and over falls and almost 30% of those who fall require medical treatment. As a result, in 2005, 1.8 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls: more than 433,000 of these patients were hospitalized, and nearly 16,000 died.

To read the full Senate letter, click here.

To read the full House letter, click here.

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