Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury; not only that, but falls increase with age, according to the CDC.
The cost of falls is staggering; the CDC reported the total medical costs for falls surpassed $50 billion in 2015. Fall injuries are within the top 20 most expensive medical injuries and the cost increases with age.
To respond to these startling statistics, Brenau University, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging hosted the second annual Fall Prevention Expo in the Hall County area on Friday, Sept. 21.
A core planning subgroup of the Gainesville-area Fall Prevention Coalition recruited volunteer professionals in order to provide select health screenings, exercise and fall recovery demonstrations, and consultation to older adults in the Hall County area during the event. The Medical Center Auxiliary at Northeast Georgia Medical Center sponsored the event providing promotions, breakfast, lunch and snacks for all participants and volunteers, as well as door prizes and giveaways. Walgreens partnered with the event to provide flu shots.
Brenau faculty from the Ivester College of Health Sciences, professionals from the Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging, and a variety of health professionals from Northeast Georgia Medical Center provided fall-related information, education, and screenings to the 197 community participants. Gainesville Parks and Recreation provided the Civic Center for this event.
Other organizations assisting included the Hall County EMS, Hall County Library, Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Service, Georgia Mountains YMCA, and Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.