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More older Americans are dying in accidents, especially in falls, government researchers reported Wednesday.

But fewer are dying in fires or traffic accidents, the National Center for Health Statistics found.

“Age-adjusted death rates for all unintentional injuries have been increasing since 2000, although the rates for some causes have declined,” the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a report. “In 2013, unintentional injuries were the eighth leading cause of death among U.S. adults aged 65 and over, resulting in nearly 46,000 deaths.”

That's a rise of 15 percent since 2000.

About half of those who died had fallen, the NCHS found. “Fatal falls among the older population may be increasing for many reasons. Some research suggests that at least a portion of this increase is due to improved reporting of falls,” the researchers wrote.

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