BOSTON (WWLP) – Every fifteen seconds, an older adult goes to the hospital because of a fall-related injury, but many times, these kinds of accidents can be prevented. With that in mind, elderly people were joined by state lawmakers and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the seventh annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the State House.
The event was organized by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, and offers a number of resources to help older adults stay on their feet and prevent future falls.
“We usually do little demonstrations- exercises for the participants here to help them increase their strength and increase their balance. All sorts of activities so that folks in the Commonwealth are aware that falls can be prevented,” Colleen Bayard of the Home Care Alliance said.
Falls happen to people of all ages, but those who are more than 65 years old are most susceptible, possibly due to side effects from mediation, or a loss of strength.