It is well documented that falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older adults. A preliminary study out of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York shows that falls requiring hospitalization in the elderly may be associated with the development of symptoms of PTSD in the days following the event. "Women, people who were unemployed or who had less education were more likely to report post-traumatic stress symptoms, as were those with injuries to the back or chest. PTSD symptoms were also associated with the number of other medical problems reported. The most common post-traumatic stress symptoms were feeling emotionally upset when reminded of the fall, a change in future hopes or plans, and problems falling or staying asleep." Click here to read more about the study's findings.