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September 22nd is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Every September on the first day of fall, the Falls Free® Initiative promotes National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls can threaten the safety of seniors and generate a large amount of economic and personal costs. Falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through lifestyle adjustments and prevention programs, the number of falls among seniors can be greatly reduced.
Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Fact and Figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19…

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