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3:40 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Focusing on "The Broken Hip" --- A "Digital Storytelling Project" from KERA (Dallas Public Radio)

On this installment of ST on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Lauren Silverman, the Health, Science, and Technology reporter at KERA, which is the NPR member-station in Dallas. Silverman is one of the creators of a newly posted, impressively researched, and decidedly multi-media "digital storytelling project" at the KERA website that focuses on hip fractures among the elderly, in both the Greater Dallas region and the United States more generally. As is noted at the outset of this detailed report, which is entitled "The Broken Hip" --- and which can be accessed here --- "When an older person falls and breaks a hip, it's a moment that changes everything. Not just for patients, but for their families, too. Falls are the leading cause of death for older Americans. One of every five people who breaks a hip after age 50 dies within a year. For those who survive, it means a big life change. It may mean leaving the home they've known for decades and moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility. It may mean a role reversal: a parent who cared for children for so many years now is the one who needs help. It means tough conversations between patients and their families. It can also bring on financial challenges...." Silverman tells us all about how and why this report was initiated, executed, and posted.

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