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San Antonio, Bexar County declare Prevention Awareness Week

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The City of San Antonio and the Bexar County Commissioners Court – in collaboration with AARP Texas -- have proclaimed the week of September 21 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

Falls are a costly and preventable health problem among people over the age of fifty and the leading cause of death by accidental injury for people 65 plus.  Each year one out of every three Americans 65 and older falls, and over a third require medical treatment.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that $20 billion dollars is spent annually to treat older adults for injuries caused by falls.

Fortunately, there are simple steps people can take to reduce their risk of falling.  One-half of all falls are caused by poor home design.  Inexpensive measures can be taken to improve home safety. Removing scatter rugs to reduce tripping, using high-wattage lights to brighten rooms, and installing grab bars in bathrooms can all help reduce the risk of falling.

It’s also important to know how one’s health may contribute to the likelihood of falling.  Experts urge consulting a doctor or pharmacist to see if any medications may cause dizziness.  Also, it’s important to have a regular vision checkup and to make the time to exercise in order to maintain muscle strength, balance, and flexibility.

The proclamations will be presented at separate San Antonio ceremonies during the week, as well as in other Texas towns and cities.

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