An examination of the impact of gender and veteran ...

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Title An examination of the impact of gender and veteran status on falls among community-dwelling seniors
Author(s) Lori E. Weeks
Journal Family & Community Health
Date 2007
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 128
Abstract The objective of this study was to broaden our understanding of the specific characteristics of community-dwelling seniors who are at increased risk of falling and becoming injured, by paying particular attention to gender and veteran status. The 137 respondents included 69 senior male veterans, and 68 seniors in the general population. Results indicated that the veterans were at higher risk of falling than the general senior population, and were at higher risk of becoming injured after falling. Senior women were at less risk of falling and becoming injured than the veterans, but were at higher risk than the senior nonveteran men. It is imperative to target screening and falls prevention activities at these and other specific subgroups in the senior population that are at high risk of falling and becoming injured. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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