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TAMHSC given $800k grant to research ways to prevent falls

POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 4:48pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Every 15 seconds someone goes to the hospital after injuring themselves during a fall.

So now, thanks to a nearly $1 million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas A&M Health Science Center is researching ways to prevent senior citizens from falling victim to these types of injuries.

Most people assume falling a time or two is inevitable with old age but according to Dr. Marcia Ory at the Texas A&M Health Science Center that doesn't have to be the case.

"Absolutely you can prevent falls. It is a myth that falls will happen when you get older."

But falls do happen and one out of every three senior citizens will injure themselves during a tumble to the ground so the CDC is turning to the Texas A&M Health Science Center for help.

"If you know what causes a fall then you can prevent it," said Dr. Ory.

The $800,000 grant is aimed at finding ways to prevent falls so Dr. Ory will look first at state and national policies and then at programs designed to reduce seniors from falling; an issue that's only going to get worse as the baby boomer generation ages.

"This is an urgent issue but one that's preventable and we can act on now."

Dr. Ory and her research team will spend the next two years working on this project.

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