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The first day of fall each year is Fall Prevention Awareness Day. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says every 15 seconds in the U.S., an older adult is seen in an emergency room for fall-related injuries, and they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in adults over 65 years old.
Over 5,700 older adults in Kansas visited hospitals for falls in 2010 and over 270 died from unintentional falls. The injuries led to $34 million in medical and work loss costs.
The KDHE recommends older adults participate in programs to help build strength and improve balance. Click here for more information on fall prevention from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
You can also find more information at the National Council on Aging.