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Falls Prevention from Safe Communities

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More area residents land in the hospital after a serious fall than from any other injury cause.  In 2011 alone, 1,700 Dane County residents, most of them older adults, were hospitalized after falling.  Falls come at enormous costs. 

The average charge for just one fall-related hospital stay excluding rehabilitation and long term care is over $33,000.  And, most unfortunate of all, a fall can signal the end of a person's independence.  40% of older adults injured in a fall end their lives in a nursing home, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On September 23, the Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force is hosting "Only Leaves Should Fall" at the Fitchburg Senior Center. 

This is a falls prevention seminar that will help older adults in our community learn how to take steps to reduce falls, one of the top causes of older adult injury in Dane County. UW Nursing/PT/OT and Pharmacy students volunteering to help at the screening stations, as well as many healthcare organizations and agencies in the area.

One new update is that the Governor has proclaimed the month of September Falls Prevention Awareness Month, and the 23rd Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

If you would like more information about the upcoming Falls Prevention Seminar click here.

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