How big is the problem of falling?

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older will experience a fall. Falls can cause hip fractures, head trauma, lacerations, and greatly increase the risk of early death. In 2010, 2.3 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for fall injuries; more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized; 21,700 older adults died. The direct medical costs of falls was $30 billion.

Who is most at risk for falling?

Every older adult is at risk. Interestlingly, older whites are 2.4 times more likely to die from falls than older blacks and hispanics. Men are also more likely  to die from a fall than women. The death rate from fall is actually 40% higher for men than for women.

What can be done to reduce the odds of falling?

Find out at CYA's fall prevention workshop! You'll learn about the importance of grab bars, nightlights, and many other simple precautions that can reduce the odds of falling? Fall prevention workshops are offered in the spring at various locations.

Schedule

Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM -Stephen Foster Center, 286 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Tuesday, May 10, 2016-10:00 AM-Ross Senior High-Rise

Friday, May 13, 2016-Pittsburgh Mills Mall, Tarentum, PA

Tuesday, May 17, 2016-2:30 PM-St. Augustine Plaza, 230 36th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

 

 

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