Deaths by falling double in 10 years, reaching 5,400 last year

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The number of people dying after a fall has doubled in the last 10 years, reaching 5,400 in 2021, national statistics agency CBS said on Monday.

People over the age of 80 and dementia patients are most likely to die after falling, tripping over something or slipping, the CBS found. Falls account for some 3% of deaths a year.

Six in 10 people who died in a fall last year were living in residential care. Most of them had dementia or another degenerative illness such as Parkinson’s, the CBS said. Falls now account for 5% of nursing home deaths, compared with 3% in 2015.

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