A Moment That Changes Everything

When an older person falls and breaks a hip, it’s a moment that changes everything. Not just for patients, but for their families, too.

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. One of every five people who breaks a hip after age 50 dies within a year. For those who survive, it means a big life change.

It may mean leaving the home they’ve known for decades and moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility. It may mean a role reversal: a parent who cared for children for so many years now is the one who needs help. It means tough conversations between patients and their families. It can also bring on financial challenges.

But there is hope.

A KERA News Digital Storytelling Project
by Lauren Silverman, Eric Aasen and Dane Walters
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