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Reporting on the high cost of falling

Mark TaylorA combination of factors made freelance journalist Mark Taylor think more about the cost and dangers of falling.

He's in his early sixties and has cared for enough family and friends who have fallen to know that falls pose a huge risk.

When he attended the Gerontological Society of America's annual conference, he stumbled across a poster session illustrating the enormous cost of falls on our nation’s seniors, both physically and financially. The price tag for falling victims and their families and society was estimated to exceed $34 billion in 2013.

He learned that falls are not an expected, normal consequence of growing older and they can be prevented. His tip sheet contains more important information about aging and falls to help inform your reporting on the topic.

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