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By January W. Payne May 14, 2010, at 10:01 a.m. Diabetes raises the risk of heart disease, blindness, and stroke. Diabetes can be a frightening diagnosis, since it is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, new cases of adult blindness, and leg and foot amputations. Each day, more than 4,000 adults are diagnosed with the disease, and about 200 people die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because

One of the most serious fall injuries is a broken hip. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture and afterward many people are not able to live on their own. As the U.S. population gets older, the number of hip fractures is likely to go up. Each year at least 250,000 older people—those 65 and older—are hospitalized for hip fractures.1 More than 95% of hip fracture are caused by falling,2

Treating fall injuries is very costly.  In 2013, direct medical costs for falls—what patients and insurance companies pay—totaled $34 billion.1  Because the U.S. population is aging, both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to rise. Each year, millions of people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments because of falls.2 Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Falls Are Serious and Costly One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.1,2 Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.3 Over 700,000 patients

AGING WELL IN CENTRAL TEXAS Weekly information brought to you by the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas (AAACT). The AAACT is a partner agency of the Central Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and a program of the Central Texas Council of Governments. The AAACT is funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Do you want help paying for your prescriptions and Medicare costs? Extra

Named in honor of a great humanitarian, the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award is the highest award given in the caregiving field. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is proud to announce that the winner of the 2009 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award is the partnership between the Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and Scott & White Memorial Hospital's Program on Aging and Care. The Rosalynn Carter