More elderly New Yorkers hospitalized for falls

The number of New York City senior citizens hospitalized for falls rose 22 percent over five years, according to statistics from the city Health Department, the New York Post reports. The city Health Department reported that more than 28,000 elderly patients were treated for fall injuries in emergency rooms in 2010 alone. Over the next two decades, health experts predict the rate will increase along with the city's elderly population. The majority of falls occurred in the patients' own homes, most commonly in the bedroom, with clutter, throw rugs and individuals who take four or more prescription drugs listed as the three most common risk factors, according to the Post. Article