Augusta University Health is planning a Fall Prevention Awareness Week from Sept. 23-29.
Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. To recognize this critical issue, the first week of fall each year has been designated as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
“An older adult falls every second of every day. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death for Georgians 65 and older, surpassing motor vehicle crashes,” said Renee McCabe, Injury Prevention and Safe Kids program manager.
During Fall Prevention Awareness Week, the state of Georgia’s fall prevention coalitions, health care providers and senior service agencies will hold various events to raise awareness among older adults and the general public about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce fall risk.
The featured event of the week will be Fall Prevention Awareness Day, from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.
In addition to learning how to reduce fall injury, activities at the event will include tai chi demonstrations, medication reviews, balance assessments and more. Contact Tambra Wilkerson or Colleen Hergott with questions.
The Augusta University Trauma Department is collaborating with the Area Agency on Aging to offer Matter of Balance fall prevention workshops. For more information, call (706) 650-5637.
Learn more about Fall Prevention Awareness.