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Falling is a common problem in senior adults that can have serious consequences, including loss of independence, brain traumatic injuries and even death. 

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KERA has won a national journalism award for The Broken Hip, a series about hip fractures.

Last October, Jeanette Mariani was an independent 87-year-old, living alone in Dallas and getting around with a walker. Then one night she switched off the light and tried to make her way into bed. A chair was in the way. And she fell.

"There I was, lying on the floor," she recalled. "I pulled down one of my pillows. I didn't reach very high, just pulled it down, put my head down on it and thought: 'Well, I'll wait until morning.' "

The next day, she called for help.

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Join KERA at Baylor’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center for a panel discussion on The Broken Hip.

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A North Texas hospital is working to reduce falls among patients, thanks to technology and teamwork.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Fort Worth has hired David Cooke, a former county manager in North Carolina, as its new city manager.

Sam Baker talks with New York Times Magazine reporter Paul Tough, who followed a young woman from Mesquite through her first year at the University of Texas at Austin. Also: In part 3 of KERA's Breakthroughs Series "The Broken Hip," Lauren Silverman visits an innovative UT' Arlington class that trains older Texans to avoid falls. 

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In today's Morning Edition local block from the KERA Newsroom: 

Lauren Silverman visits an innovative class at UT Arlington which trains seniors to avoid falls. Also, there's another tussle between the candidates for Texas governor -- this time, over debates. And Stella Chavez walks through the Allen football stadium that's been closed because of structural problems.

One in five. That’s how many people who break a hip after age 50 die within a year. Why? What makes recovery easy for some and impossible for others? Here’s a recap of our Twitter chat for The Broken Hip.

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In today’s All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:

Lauren Silverman explores long-distance caregiving in chapter two of our Breakthroughs series, “The Broken Hip.” 

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: A run-off debate between Republican state senator Dan Patrick and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst at WFAA-TV became heated today. Shelley Kofler has the story. Bill Zeeble reports on two airlines – Virgin America and Southwest Airlines – vying for the two open gates at Love Field. And a story so good, we had to air it twice: the start of KERA’s “Broken Hips” series. Lauren Silverman will be reporting on this health issue for the next two months.