I’ve read that hip fractures are dangerous for older adults. Dear Reader: A hip fracture is a serious and yet common outcome when an older adult has a fall. Unfortunately, it’s true that a hip fracture in older adults can contribute to poor outcomes, including an increased risk of death. Most hip fractures in older adults require surgery to restore mobility and to manage pain. Unfortunately, many older adults won’t return to their same level of activity and independence following a hip fracture.