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Older Adults Suffering Brain Injuries From Falls

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Oct 24, 2008

Older adults are incurring traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from accidental falls, and 50% of unintentional fall deaths are related to TBIs, according to a June report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Most people think older adults may only break their hip when they fall, but our research shows that traumatic brain injuries can also be a serious consequence,” said Ileana Arias, PhD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “These injuries can cause long-term problems and affect how someone thinks or functions. They can also impact a person’s emotional well-being.”

The findings highlight the importance of fall prevention programs for older adults. A large and growing body of research supports the benefit of mind-body movement programs, such as tai chi and qigong, for preventing falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.

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