Who Knew? Today is Fall Prevention Awareness Day

September 23 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day

The American Red Cross Lifeline Program is celebrating Fall Prevention Awareness Day by joining organizations in 34 states to increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

Why you ask? Seniors are living longer and remaining in their own homes; however, falls have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in theU.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. This statistic translates to 13.3 million people who will fall in 2011, or one person falling every 2.3 seconds on average. The good news is that there are things seniors can do to lower the risk of falling.  The American Red Cross Lifeline program wants to raise awareness of the programs and services that can help reduce falls and fall-related injuries to help seniors in our community prevent, prepare and have early response to emergencies at home.

To register for the American Red Cross Lifeline Service, please call 1-800-959-6989.

To learn about online educational tools, visit http://www.lifelinesys.com/affiliate/redcrossma.