Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Stressed' elderly men more like to suffer falls

Jane Kirby

Men over 65 who lose a partner, get seriously ill or hit hard financial times are more likely to suffer a fall, research suggests.

Those who suffer a stressful life event are 41pc more likely to fall in the following year and 68pc more likely to experience multiple falls.

Experts analysed data for almost 5,000 men in six locations across the US.

The men were asked if they had suffered a stressful event from a list, including experiencing serious illness, a loved one having an accident, the death of a loved one or separation from a child or relative on whom they depended for help.

The data was then collected on falls in the subsequent year.

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