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Why does it seem like elderly people go downhill so fast and die after a hip break?

is there a physiological reason or is because they just give up or what?

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It puts tremendous stress on their bodies. Emotionally alot of them just give up. :(

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Sometimes it's both reasons. They may feel pain mentally & physically as well as an emotionally helpless and don't want to lose their independence. There are counselors, social workers to help this. If a person feels their future is threatened it would be scary.

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they start to feel like they are useless and just decide they dont wanna live any more cause they can't do anything ... and plus why would u even ask this question?

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Many times the most common reason is that it leads to other complications such as pneumonia, blood clots or decubitus ulcers( bedsores).

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This can happen because of the medical complications that come with this injury. It can also be as a result of psychological effect that this injury has on them as they feel helpless and no longer interested with life.

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I once heard a doctor say that people used to think "the old woman fell and broke her hip. But medicine has come to understand that often what actually happens is "the old woman's hip broke and she fell.". It seems for so many once that happens they have one thing after another.

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