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Nancy Reagan Recovering from Broken Ribs

David Livingston/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former first lady Nancy Reagan has been recovering from several broken ribs incurred by a fall in her California home six weeks ago.

The accident didn’t become public until Tuesday night, however, when Reagan canceled a personal appearance at a speech by Republican Rep.  Paul Ryan at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The director of the Reagan Library announced that the former first lady was at home recuperating from a fall.

“Falls in someone this age can be very serious. They are one of the leading causes of death,” says Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical editor at ABC News. “A broken rib makes it hard to take a deep breath, and that can set you up for pneumonia, which in the elderly, in particular, can be deadly.”

Last summer, the former first lady lost her balance at the Reagan Library, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., saved her from hitting the floor. In 2009, Reagan broke her pelvis in a fall.

As the widow of Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, now 90-years-old, is a revered figure in the Republican Party. Her last public appearance was at a GOP primary debate last September at the presidential library, where the candidates gave her a standing ovation.

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Nancy Reagan Slips, Avoids Fall

David Livingston/Getty Images(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) -- Former First Lady Nancy Reagan slipped Tuesday night as she arrived for a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, but a quick reaction from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio kept Reagan on her feet.

Reagan, 90, was walking to her chair, accompanied by the Florida senator, when the cane she was holding in her right hand lost its grip on the floor and she slipped and nearly fell. Rubio grabbed hold of the former first lady’s left arm and, with the assistance of others, kept her from hitting the ground.


ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV reports that Reagan did not require medical attention.

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Revelers Mark Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) -- Thousands of Ronald Reagan's former aides and supporters gathered at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Sunday to celebrate what would have been the former president's 100th birthday.

Reagan, who died in 2004 at age 93, was celebrated from Simi Valley, Calif., where revelers packed a tribute concert featuring the Beach Boys; to Dixon, Ill., where neighbors gathered near Reagan's boyhood home for a celebratory gala.

"Ronnie would be thrilled and is thrilled to have all of you share in his 100th birthday," Nancy Reagan said at the Simi Valley event Sunday. "Doesn't seem possible, but that's what it is."

Earlier in the day, Nancy Reagan laid a wreath at her late husband's gravesite.

Joining Mrs. Reagan on stage was former secretary of state and Reagan chief of staff James Baker, The Beach Boys, and a six-foot tall birthday cake.

"He launched the Reagan revolution and he showed us how to be the very best Americans we could be," Baker said.

Tributes ranging from the formal to the quirky were coordinated by the Ronald Reagan Foundation and the Reagan Centennial Commission, a panel formed for the anniversary by Congress in 2009 with President Obama's approval.

Americans of all political stripes hold Reagan in high esteem, according to a recent Gallup poll, ranking him second out of the nine most recent former presidents from the last 50 years. Only Kennedy bested Reagan in the poll of Americans' retrospective views of how well presidents handled the job.

Reagan, who served for two terms, is frequently credited with helping to bring the Cold War to an end, putting the U.S. economy on sound fiscal footing, and instilling a sense of optimism and pragmatism in Americans. The theme of his centennial celebration is "inspired freedom, changed the world."

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