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Falls have devastating consequences for older adults in terms of morbidity and mortality.  For example, falls and fall-related injuries have been the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults (Stevens, 2002/2003).  Fall-related hip fractures account for approximately 25 percent of injury deaths among those over age 65, and 34 percent of injury deaths among those aged 85 or older (Peek-Asa & Zwerling, 2003).

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