More than 300,000 Americans will fracture a hip this year, and about 20 percent of them will die within a year of the fracture. Elderly women are most at risk, and a new Kaiser Permanente study finds that women ages 65-69 are five times more likely to die compared to women of the same age who don't break a hip. By the time they reach 80, women are more likely to have other health conditions and for most of them, adding a hip fracture doesn't increase the risk of death. But, as we learn in this video, there is an increased death risk for women this age who are in excellent health. For more, read the study in the Kaiser Permanente News Center, www.kp.org/newscenter.
As we age, our chances of suffering a life-changing hip fracture increase dramatically. Cabell Huntington Hospital's Senior Fracture Program was developed to deliver the best possible care for seniors with hip fractures. Frank Shuler, MD, PhD, medical director of the Senior Fracture Program, explains in this interview with WSAZ-TV's Rob Johnson.
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In the first of a three-part series of Senior Moments stories about the problem of falls and fractures in the elderly population, Dr. Franklin Shuler explains how common and dangerous hip fractures can be -- and how this is a "wake up call" for society to focus on prevention efforts.
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