The Southern Nevada Health District is partnering with the Nevada Goes Fall Free Coalition to recognize National Fall Prevention Awareness Day this Friday, Sept. 21.
The organizations will hold free screenings to help seniors determine if they are high-risk for falls.
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention reports the death rate from falls among older adults has increased by 42 percent from 2000 to 2006.
Each year, one in three Americans ages 65 and over fall.
In 2010, more than 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among senior citizens were treated in emergency departments.
More than 650,000 of those patients were hospitalized.
Falls are responsible for 50 percent of deaths and 8 percent of hospitalizations of older adults.
The estimated cost of treating falls in elderly adults is more than $28 billion annually.
The Center for Health Data and Research reports that in 2004, 132 people died after falling, and 70 percent of them were in Clark County.
Screenings are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 21.
For more information or for a list of screening locations, visit www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.
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