Older adults drowning at epidemic levels

A Stuff article.

Drowning among older adults is a “hidden epidemic” and it’s getting worse as the population ages, a new study has found.

“Targeted drowning prevention strategies are urgently needed” for older adults, the researchers implored.

They looked at drowning statistics from Canada, Australia and New Zealand and found New Zealand’s record was the worst and Canada’s the best.

“Compared to Canada, New Zealand recorded the highest relative risk of drowning in the 75–84 years age group,” they found.

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