Why Fall Prevention Is Important

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Jan 13, 2013

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The Manatee County Falls Prevention Coalition was established June 6, 2012 by members of our community to help bring awareness. Our mission is to reduce the risk of falls through education, training, and implementation of best practice interventions for fall prevention. The statistics in Manatee County alone are astonishing; in 2010 there were 2,387 non-fatal injury hospitalizations, 1,387 of those were fall related, 1,226 of those were seniors ages 55-85. There were 241 fatalities related to falls 34 of those were ages 55-85. The Manatee County Falls Prevention Coalition will come into your community and do presentations and education on fall prevention.
Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of older adults, people aged 65 and older. Each year in the United States, nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall.
Falls can be devastating. About one out of ten falls among older adults result in a serious injury, such as a hip fracture or head injury, that requires hospitalization.
Falls can be deadly. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults.
Falls are costly. Fall-related in-juries among older adults, especially among older women, are associated with substantial economic cost.
Falls are preventable.
We will be Hosting a Fall Prevention Awareness Health Fair on February 16, 2013. There will be Speakers, Balance Testing, Vision Screenings, Hearing Screenings, Pharmacy Consulting and much more. For more information contact Christie Castro at christie@alifeathomehhc.com

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