Reducing Falls by older Pennsylvanians

Low cost program screens seniors for risks and teaches safer behaviors.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - A low-cost program may help reduce falls by older Pennsylvanians.  Pitt public health researchers followed nearly 2,000 seniors for a year  to determine the effectiveness of the state's Healthy Steps for Older Adults. It's  a voluntary fall-prevention program at senior centers that offers risk screening for falls and information on preventing falls.

The study showed a 17 percent reduction in falls for those who took the program. According to the CDC, one in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year and, of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to live independently, and increase their risk of early death.

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