1. Certain medical conditions, and medications make hip fractures more likely -- 
  2. And nighttime itself could increase risk!
  3. Prevention is key.  A year after fracturing a hip, 90 percent of those who needed no assistance climbing stairs before the fracture will not be able to climb five stairs; 66 percent won't be able to get on or off a toilet without help; 50 percent won't be able to raise themselves from a chair --  according to a 2009 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA). 
    We heard about some good home modification tips, and exercise recommendations.

     

  4. The bone health aspect --  Baylor's Dr. Alan Jones points out that identification and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia can help prevent about 50 percent of hip fractures. 
  5. And of course, don't forget to care for the caregiver:
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