Care of the Injured Elderly



Trauma is the most common cause of death for those under the age of 44. Thus, some consider trauma to be exclusively a disease of the young [1]. However, as the population in the USA ages over the next several decades, the importance of falls and injuries in older patients will become more apparent. The elderly, defined as persons of age 65 or greater, ­[2–5] constitute one of the fastest growing segments of the US population. By the year 2030, the number of persons over age 65 will double relative to 2000, representing almost 20% of the nation’s total population [6] (Fig. 31.1). This increase is the result of improvement in life expectancy and the aging baby boom generation. The Administration on Aging’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget requested 1.381 billion dollars to assist in the long-term needs of these aging baby boomers [7].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Maryland Medical Center, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma CenterBaltimoreUSA

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