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Part 2 of New York Times Special Report: A tiny stumble, a life upended

After a fall, life is upended in an instant. A sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries.

 

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New York Times Special Report: An Aging Nation Braces for More Deadly Falls

As the American population ages, the number of older people who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of older Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents’ desire to live as they choose.

They are hiring architects and interior designers, some of whom wear special glasses that show the building as an old person would see it. Some have begun to install floor lighting, much like that on airplanes, that automatically illuminates a pathway ...

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