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Wisconsin Leads Country in Deadly Falls Among Adults Over 60

More older adults die from accidental falls in Wisconsin than any other state. In some counties, such as Marathon, falls are the top reason this age group goes to the ER. Community health educators say that falling does not have to be a normal part of aging and can be prevented with training from a local Aging and Disability Resource Center. Besides accidental death, falls can cause trauma among the elderly and impact their health and confidence. Funding for fall prevention was cut entirely in the state’s 2017 budget. Governor Tony Evers requested $250,000 in 2019. Community health promoters say awareness about fall prevention is key, as 25% of the state’s population will soon be over the age of 65. Wisconsin’s aging population is growing six times faster than the national average.

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