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Healthy Steps for OlderAdults falls prevention

Observer-Reporter - 9/14/2017

Healthy Steps for OlderAdults falls prevention

Falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence and injury deaths among older adults.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fall injuries are treated in an emergency department every 13 seconds and claim a life every 20 minutes. Even those who have never fallen often fear it. That fear becomes more common as people age, often causing them to avoid activities they might otherwise enjoy.Hip fractures are one of the most serious types of fall injury and loss of independence among older adults. Fractures to the pelvis, spine, arm, hand or ankle are also common.If you or an older person you know has fallen, clearly, you are not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. But falls don't "just happen," and people don't fall just because they get older. Often, more than one underlying cause or risk factor increases a person's chances of falling, such as a physical condition, a medical problem, medication or something in the home or environment.If you are 60 years of age or older, you can learn how to help prevent falls by signing up for one of these Healthy Steps for Older Adults (HSOA) falls prevention workshops, offered by the Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging Health & Wellness program:Sept. 27 ? McGuffey Senior Center, ClaysvilleOct. 18 ? Beth Center Senior Center, VestaburgNov. 18 ? Center in the Woods, BrownsvilleHealthy Steps for Older Adults workshops run 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To register, or for more information, call Patti Mounts at 724-228-7080 or toll free at 1-888-300-2704, ext. 4430.


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