New fall education program launched for seniors

Lisa Wurth

August 5, 2010

The Federal Health Resources & Services Administration has recently funded Saint Louis University with more than $2.1 million for a federal grant so that the institution can make efforts to teach senior citizens about the dangers and risks associated with falls.

Dr John Morley told the news source that increasing awareness of these incidents is crucial, since around 80 percent of elderly people who fall and break a hip don’t fully recover from the injury.

The Pocono Record reports that, if you are a senior and living independently, it is important to make sure that your surrounding environment doesn’t present fall hazards. Make sure rooms are brightly lit at all times and spaces stay free of clutter.

One of the greatest dangers for seniors may be falling while they’re unattended or living alone. This can be a life-threatening situation. The news provider states that, at all times, older adults should have a way to notify health professionals or caretakers of an incident.

Having a medical alert system in place can guarantee that a senior obtains the proper care during a medical situation in the home.

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