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New research shows common occurrence of hip fractures in elderly

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 7, 2012 8:24:42 AM

Older adults face numerous health risks in their everyday lives, but hip fractures are one of the most significant.

New research presented at the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism found two-thirds of osteoporotic hip fractures were in the extreme elderly.

Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), more than 4.3 million people over the age of 65 who had osteoporotic hip fractures were studied. The biggest injury instance of this age group was in the extreme elderly, which accounted for 67.3 percent of hip fractures.

"We know that hip fracture in the extreme elderly is a serious problem due to the associated consequences of hospitalization, disability and mortality," commented Amrita Sehgal from University of California, lead study author. "This data is cause for concern as the impact highlighted will only increase along with this population segment. The question now is how we manage the extreme elderly more effectively to limit the impact that osteoporotic fractures have going forward."

Although seniors may want to continue independent living, it may be a good idea to hire them a private care attendant, so the attendant could be there to help if anything were to happen to the senior when he or she was alone.

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