Magazine article USA TODAY

Cause and Timing of Hip Fractures in Seniors

Magazine article USA TODAY

Cause and Timing of Hip Fractures in Seniors

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Contrary to popular belief, the majority of senior falls occur during warm months, and a greater number of them take place indoors rather than outside, suggests a study from North American Partners in Anesthesia, Melville, N.Y. "Cold" months were defined as Nov. 1-April 30, and "warm" months as May 1-Oct. 31.

"Falls are one of the most-common health concerns facing the elderly today," says lead author Jason R. Guercio. "Falls leading to fracture can result in disability and even death. Understanding the risk factors for fractures can help to focus efforts on decreasing them and guide resources and appropriate interventions to prevent them."

While the incidence of fractures occurs at a fairly similar rate throughout the year, the authors found that 76.3% of hip fractures occur indoors, while 23.7% happen outdoors. Moreover, in excess of 60% of outdoor fractures and 56% of indoor ones take place during warm months. This belies the commonly held view that snow and ice pose the greatest risk to seniors living in cold climates as it relates to falls. …

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