Media Advisory: State Health, Aging Leaders to Highlight Prevention of Falls for Older New Yorkers on Official First Day of Fall

Governor Paterson Declares Thursday, September 23, as 'Falls Prevention Awareness Day' in New York State

ALBANY, NY (Sept. 22, 2010) – In recognition of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, on Thursday, September 23, at 12:15 p.m. at the Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle in Albany, State Office for the Aging Director Michael J. Burgess and State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will highlight exercises and precautions that older New Yorkers should take to prevent a catastrophic fall.

Each year in New York State, nearly 1,000 adults aged 65 years and older die from an injury sustained from a fall and over 128,000 older New Yorkers are treated at a hospital due to a fall, frequently resulting in early admissions to nursing homes and costing more than $1.6 billion in annual hospital charges.

Who

State Office for the Aging Director Michael J. Burgess; State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; exercise instructor and seniors who will demonstrate exercises that help prevent falls.

What

Burgess and Daines will highlight the importance of preventing falls among older New Yorkers, in recognition of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. A fitness instructor and group of seniors will demonstrate exercises that improve balance and use a Biodex machine that assesses an individual's level of balance.

Where

Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany

When

Thursday, September 23, at 12:15 p.m.