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The first day of Fall is Falls Prevention Day!

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life.

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk. Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.
 
Every year on the first day of Fall, we observe National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue.  This year, it takes place on September 22.

To help bring awareness of falls and fall prevention to older adults in our area, the Falls Free Coalition of York County community partners will again staff a designated Falls Free area at the 50plus Expo on September 26 at the York Expo Center.  Healthcare providers, consisting of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, exercise specialists, educators, as well as other professionals, will provide free screenings and services:

  • Falls risk assessment
  • Balance and gait testing
  • Cane and walker checks
  • Exercise demonstrations
  • Brown bag medicine review (bring your medications or list with you to the booth)
  • Information about A Matter of Balance (falls prevention classes)
  • Demonstration of helpful assistive devices
  • Tips for caregivers and what to do when a fall occurs
  • Depression resources

Visit our Falls Prevention page for more information on falls prevention programs.

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