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September 13, 2016

Important help for older adults: Falls Prevention Week, Sept. 19-23

Events
taking place throughout Boulder County

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is helping coordinate more than 40 events around the county as part of Falls Prevention Week, Sept. 19 – 23. A
fall can have devastating consequences for an older adult. It is a common
concern for the families, friends and caregivers of the aging. The explanation
is simple:

  • Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated
    in the emergency room for a fall.
  • Every 19 minutes an older adult dies
    from a fall.
  • Many older adults limit physical and
    social activities due to fear of falling
    which in turn can lead to an increased risk of falling.

The AAA, in conjunction with the Boulder County Partners for Falls Prevention, is offering this annual event to help educate area residents on the many ways they can reduce their risk of falling.

What:
Falls Prevention Week

When:
40+ events from Sept. 19-23

Where:
Locations around the county.

With more than 40 activities offered at 19 different
locations in the county, this is a great opportunity for an older adult to get their
balance assessed, attend a talk or try out a class. Additional information can
be found at
bouldercountyfallsprevention.org.

One
past participant said, “I have participated in this program in previous years
and have learned new things each time!” Another reported, “I did learn how to
get up if I do fall. I have fallen and had already planned to start an exercise
class, but this provided more incentive.”

For
more information for the event, contact Melissa Pruitt of the AAA at 303-441-3599,
or
mpruitt@bouldercounty.org.