SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit is partnering with SAGE Eldercare, the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and the Falls Free Coalition to provide a Fall Prevention Forum September 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for people 65 years of age and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging. This year’s theme for fall prevention, "Take a Stand to Prevent Falls," seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injury among older adults.

According to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, every nine minutes -- during 2013 -- an older adult, aged 60+, was seen in the emergency room for a fall, and the total cost of all hospital-treated falls for older adults in the state was $1.7 billion for the year.

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The Fall Prevention Forum on September 24 will include several types of screenings – blood pressure, balance assessments, and bone density – as well as a comprehensive display of home assistive and safety devices, medical alert systems, and a presentation by Overlook Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Department.
 
To RSVP for the Fall Prevention Forum, call 908-598-5548, or  email education@sageeldercare.org.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at SAGE Eldercare, located at 290 Broad Street.