Fall-related deaths increase among elderly, CDC finds

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The death rate from falling has increased for elderly people in the last decade, federal officials say. The reason could be because older people are living longer with chronic diseases.

Falling is now the 14th leading cause of death among the elderly. More than 13,700 older adults died from falls in 2003, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That translates to a rate of about 37 deaths per 100,000 people who were 65 and older. The rate in 1993 was about 24 per 100,000.

But there also is some good news on the topic of falls: Women's hip fracture injury rates have dropped in recent years. Osteoporosis screenings and bone-building treatments could be responsible for this development, researchers say.