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Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte 2014, 9 27

Author: Kathleen Williams

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Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte ISSN: 1696-5043 ccd@ucam.edu Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia España Williams, Kathleen Falls, Fear of Falling and an Aging Planet Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte, vol.
9, núm.
27, septiembre-diciembre, 2014, pp.
187-188 Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia Murcia, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=163036902002 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative CCD 187 e d i t o r i a l Falls, fear of falling and an aging planet W e live on a planet where the life expectancy of many of its people has risen dramatically since the mid-20th Century.
A baby born in Japan in 1900 was expected to live only to age 50; now, the average age is 83 years (National Institute on Aging, 2011).
As a result, the number of people over age 65 has exploded.
In 2008, it was estimated at 506 million; by 2040, it will exceed 1 billion.
And, as our longevity increases, the number of individuals in the ‘oldest old’ group (85 years ) increases dramatically.
Globally, the size of this group is expected to increase by 350% by 2050; the number of individuals over 100 will increase by 1000%. Our greater longevity brings with it many challenges.
Among them are the range of healthrelated issues that beset older adults.
One of these is the incidence of falls and the injuries that often result.
In the US, approximately one-third of adults over 65 fall every year.
One-third of those falls cause an injury severe enough to result in a doctor’s or emergency room visit.
Thousands of older adults die each year following a fall.
Resulting health care costs in the US are in the billions.
Unsurprisingly, attempts to find ways to reduce falls risk and the occurrence of falls have been extensive. Th...

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