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The number of older New Yorkers who fall and suffer serious and deadly injuries is on the rise, but there are programs in across the state meant to help people avoid the dangers of a fall.

The latest statistics on the number of falls among older New Yorkers is a reflection of the growing elderly population in New York state, according to Amber Slichta, interim president for the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.

“Falls related deaths have increased by 15 percent, and falls related hospitalizations have increased by 19 percent,” said Slichta.

Preventing falls as you get older: exercise is the key

Jun 7, 2015
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Many older people have a great fear of falling – and with good reason. When a senior citizen falls, the likelihood of serious injury is far greater than when a younger person does. And for the elderly, falls can be disabling and even lead to death.

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Laurence Z. Rubenstein, professor and chairman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Rubenstein has researched and worked extensively on the development of interventions to prevent falls in older adults.

What seniors can do to help prevent falls

Jun 5, 2015

When younger people fall down, it may lead to some bumps and bruises. But for senior citizens, falls are much more likely to be life changing -- leading to broken hips or disability. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Dr. Laurence Rubenstein, chairman of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine about the dangers of falls for the elderly and how to prevent them.

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An ambulance company in Onondaga County has started a program it hopes will help one of biggest causes of injury among the elderly.  The focus is on making senior's homes safe from falls.