Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult is treated in a hospital emergency room for a fall every 18 seconds, and every 35 minutes an older adult dies as a result of a fall related injury. In Florida, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and hospitalization for residents 65 and older. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death, according to CDC.
In order to reduce the number of falls and related morbidity, MAGEC works in cooperation with multiple organizations and community members in southeast and central Florida who are implementing falls prevention initiatives.
South Florida Fall Prevention Coalition
The South Florida Fall Prevention Coalition Mission is to bring qualified senior advocates together to reduce falls and risk of injury among South Florida’s senior population. Established in April 2009, the SFFPC has implemented multiple initiatives in order to increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults in South Florida.
The SFFPC also promotes training and education initiatives on fall prevention for health care professionals and organizations who serve the elder population in South Florida. The coalition provides assistance and information on current fall prevention data and evidence-based programs while providing continuing education units. For more information contact MAGEC.
A Matter of Balance
The Miami Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC), in cooperation with the South Florida Health Foundation, offers training in “A Matter of Balance”, an evidenced-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling among older adults and increase physical activity. The “A Matter of Balance” program helps participants to become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. Participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.
MAGEC’s program will train your staff members from nursing home facilities who will then be able to provide the Program to the facility residents.
If you would like more information about “A Matter of Balance” please contact MAGEC.