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Injury Prevention for the Elderly Family Member

  • By: Prudence Twigg
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

By the year 2030, about 20% of the U.S. population will be aged 65 years or older. While steady progress has been made in reducing injury rates in the general U.S. population, the rates of injuries in older adults are increasing and expected to continue to increase due to demographic changes in the U.S. population. Older adults may live within their own households, as part of extended family households, or in institutional settings. Regardless of living arrangements, the prevention of injuries for older adults is a concern not only of older adults themselves but also of their family members, who often are or will become their caregivers. Older adults are more likely to experience many types of injuries than most other age groups are, and ...

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