Ongoing statewide campaign aims to reduce senior falls

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Health is continuing its statewide campaign aimed at preventing senior falls with interactive and educational events and activities for kupuna and their families through September. They include tai chi classes, free medication reviews, home safety workshops and community presentations focused on preventing falls.

What You Need To Know

    • Falls are the leading cause of injury among adults 65 and older
    • According to the DOH, unintentional falls in Hawaii cause 144 deaths, 2,251 hospitalizations and 10,046 emergency room visits each year
  • Falls create an emotional, physical and financial toll on seniors, caregivers and families

“Falls are the leading cause of injury among adults 65 and older. Many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented with existing knowledge and devices,” said Dr. Alvin Bronstein, Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention Systems Branch chief, in a news release. “Seniors are our fastest growing population, and we encourage our kupuna to take advantage of these resources to prevent fall-related injuries.”


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