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Marymount faculty seek fall prevention for elderly

Faculty members from Marymount University in Arlington are working to prevent falls and fall-related injuries among older adults in Northern Virginia through an alliance of public and private agencies and organizations. 

Funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the five-member team implemented the Academic Community Partnership for Falls Prevention Network Hub. Working with 32 Northern Virginia organizations and stakeholders, the interdisciplinary team is focused on increasing availability and accessibility to three community-based programs that promote fitness: Stay Active and Independent for Life, A Matter of Balance, and Otago. 

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and nonfatal, trauma-related hospital visits among older adults; an older adult is treated in the ER for a fall-related injury every 11 seconds; and an older adult dies from a fall every 19 minutes.

Find out more

For more info on Marymount’s project, call 703/522-5600 or go to novafallsprevention.com.

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019