Why are more seniors dying from falls in recent years?

New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 deaths yearly.

Researchers say deaths from falls may have increased because older people are living longer, living longer independently, and are living longer with chronic conditions.

The new analysis included 16 years of U.S. vital statistics data on adults aged 75. 

Fatal falls increased from 8,600 in 2000 to over 25,000 in 2016.

Separate CDC data shows they climbed even higher in 2017, to almost 26,440 fatal falls in Americans aged 75 and older.

Many communities offer fall prevention exercises programs at senior centers, and the National Council on Aging offers tips online.

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