The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By JON EBELT
DPHHS Public Information Officer 

Falls Prevention Awareness Week in September 20-24

 

September 22, 2021



Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials report that nearly one in three Montanans aged 65 and older have reported falling at least once in the last 12 months.

Further, about 1,900 Montanans were hospitalized due to unintentional falls in 2020. And, one in five falls result in a serious injury.

DPHHS Falls Prevention Program Manager Melissa Dale said the issue really begins to impact Montanans after age 55. She added that while falling is not a normal part of aging, as a person ages they are at an increased risk for falling, as well as sustaining an injury due to a f...



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