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Why on earth would a doctor prescribe a drug to a senior adult that increases the risk of falling?

If you are older, or there’s an older person you love, you need to know this.

A new report from the University of Buffalo School of Public Health states that in 2017, 94% of seniors (age 65+) were receiving drugs that increase fall risk. This is a massive increase from the 57% receiving such drugs in 1999. In the same period, deaths from falls doubled.

Even where falls aren’t directly lethal, head injuries and hip fractures can destroy quality of life.

Medications are among the most common causes of increased fall risk in older people.
Medications are usually among the easiest risk factors to change, when it comes to falls in older adults.
Medication-based risks are often missed by busy regular doctors. Older adults and family…

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