City hands out information for Falls Prevention Week

Baltimore City Health Department offers packet to seniors to help prevent serious falls

September 22, 2014|By Meredith Cohn | The Baltimore Sun

Falls Prevention Week runs from Sept. 21-27, and the Baltimore City Health Department is supplying residents age 60 and over, caregivers and disabled residents with a free night light and fall prevention information.

Officials in Maryland and beyond have been working to reduce falls among seniors. They are considered a serious problem, threatening their independence and quality of life of older people.

According to the city health department, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits among Maryland's seniors. About 85 percent of 600 fall-related deaths in the state in 2010 involved seniors.

Those interested in receiving a packet through the mail from the health department can call 1-844-MAP-Link or 410-396-CARE. Packets can also be picked up in the Maryland Access Point office at 417 W. Fayette St. 6th floor. Residents in the Meals on Wheels program will automatically receive a packet.

Here also are tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent falls.

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