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Dear Beth Panaccione,

With the kids back in school and Halloween around the corner, fall is in full swing. We hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful summer. This newsletter features safety tips for those of you hoping to help aging relatives stay in their homes.

Accountability and the Opioid Epidemic
While 2017 was a tough year for civil justice, as you will read in this month's newsletter, here is one bright spot. Those who see and deal with the devastation of opioid addiction firsthand are now turning to the justice system. So far 10 states and dozens of cities have sued opioid drug makers, alleging that these companies helped trigger the opioid epidemic by minimizing the risk of addiction and overdose. The hope is that these lawsuits will spur changes in the opioid industry just as they did in the tobacco industry, providing resources for prevention and treatment programs nationwide.
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Falls, Fires, Poisoning Common Concerns

Make Staying Home Safer for Elderly Relatives, Friends

Man House
Baby boomers want to “age in place” at home after retirement.

Nearly everyone nearing retirement age will tell you they would prefer to live independently at home as long as possible, according to a recent survey by AARP. Many will get their wish, thanks to better health and longer life spans. And with the number of Americans aged 65-plus projected to double by 2050, there will be a growing number of older people living at home over the next three decades.

There are many benefits to living at home as we age, but there are safety risks as well, including falls, fires or accidental poisoning. If you care for an older relative or friend or are elderly yourself, you should know how to make a house as safe as possible for those living out their golden years at home.

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BY THE NUMBERS /

90%
Home

According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their own home as long as possible, and 80 percent believe they always will. [Download report.]

#1 
Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury for older Americans, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is a serious injury every 13 seconds from a fall, and every 20 minutes someone dies.

98
Million

There were 44.7 million Americans aged 65 or older in 2013. There will be roughly 98 million by 2060, more than twice that in 2013, according to the Administration on Aging.

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Store Safely‘Staying Put’ Helps Seniors Thrive at Home

In this Nightly News special, Brian Williams reports on a growing movement called the “village model” that helps seniors stay in their homes. View video.

Deadly PodsVideo Series Highlights Fall Prevention

Health In Aging created a series of videos to help older Americans avoid falls, including this one on preventing falls at home. View video.

Utah WomanFire Hazards: In-Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Older adults are at a greater risk of dying in a home fire. Cue up these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association. View Video.

Tell Nursing Homes to Stop Stealing Seniors’ Rights

Forced arbitration clauses in admissions contracts are depriving nursing home residents of their constitutional rights.

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