Professor Karim Kahn

Fractured hips, pneumonia and significantly reduced mobility are among the most deadly health risks faced by seniors.

But for many, these threats are not an inevitable part of aging. They are caused by falls, an entirely preventable problem that leads to a vast array of serious injuries. “It’s common, it’s preventable and the prevention for this will protect from other diseases as well,” said Karim Khan, leader of fracture prevention at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility in Vancouver, Canada.

A large number of seniors don’t die immediately after a fall. But for many, the problems are just beginning. Lengthy hospital stays, months of difficult recovery and relocation from home to a retirement facility are common. “The story is that you go from having a functional, happy person … [to someone] in a nursing home,” Dr. Khan said. Learn more about this issue.

Professor Karim Khan is the co-author of the best-selling textbook Clinical Sports Medicine (4/e).