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  • E – Elderly individuals are at a higher risk for falls.
  • L – Living in the community increases the likelihood of falls among the elderly.
  • D – Doubled proportion of spinal cord injuries in individuals aged >65 years due to falls.
  • E – Elderly people may experience extended time lying on the ground after a fall.
  • R – Rates of morbidity and mortality increase among the elderly due to falls.
  • L – Loss of ambulation diminishes the quality of life for the elderly.
  • Y – Yearly, over one-third of people aged >65 in the community experience falls.
  • F – Falls among the elderly can result in serious complications due to medical comorbidities.
  • A – Anxiety and fear of falling limit the functional independence of some elderly individuals.
  • L – Nursing homes and hospitals have even higher rates of falls among the elderly.
  • L – Fractures and CNS injury are particular concerns following a fall.


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