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National Falls Prevention Awareness: What You Can Learn Today

Lee Health in the Community
Author name: Lee Health

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Florida has the highest percent of citizens age 65 and older in the United States. And one of the main problems this population faces? Injuries from falls. This is an urgent, preventable community health problem that needs attention. Read on to understand more.

Did you know?

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among seniors.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries among Florida’s older population, accounting for 58 percent of the fatal traumatic brain injuries among older adults.
  • 20 percent of falls occur in the senior’s home.
  • The fall death rate among Lee County residents age 65+ increased 73 percent since 2000 and is 4 percent above the Florida average.
  • 20 percent of seniors who fall are hospitalized and 11 percent of those never return home.

Falls take a financial toll as well.

In 2020, the average hospitalization charge for an unintentional fall among Florida residents age 65 and older was $42,852. This steep toll may increase as the population in our state gets older financial toll, and the cost may exceed $101 billion nationally by 2030. Falls also often lead to depression, loss of mobility, and loss of independence.

Prevention Partners

So what can we all do to come together and address this problem?

Lee Health’s expert outreach team partners with local organizations to share programs about fall prevention with our community. These programs take place year-round for your convenience.

The Lee Health Healthy Life Center hosts a Virtual Balance Education Series via WebEx from 3 - 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Oct, 13. This series is FREE and open to the entire community.

Participants may RSVP for online leehealth.org/events, by calling 239-468-0050 or emailing healthylifecenter@leehealth.org.

  • Sept. 8 – Balance: The Role of the Brain and Inner Ear
  • Sept. 15 – Balance: The Role of the Neck
  • Sept. 22 – Balance: The Role of the Pelvis and Hips
  • Sept. 29 – Balance: The Role of the Thoracic Spine
  • Oct. 6 – Balance: The Role of the Knees
  • Oct. 13 – Balance: The Role of the Ankles & Feet

Lee Health’s Trauma Center works together with Step Smart to host a virtual Injury Prevention Webinar from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 The webinar will provide education about methods and techniques available to reduce accidental falls, followed by a 15-minute tai chi demonstration. Register for the webinar here.

On Sept. 21, the County Commissioners of Lee County presented a proclamation to our Lee Health Injury Prevention team designating Sept. 22, 2021, as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Lee County.

This proclamation encourages all residents and visitors to be mindful, think about safety, and encourage participation in injury prevention education to improve the health of our community.