THIS WEEK: Griffin Hospital offers free assistance for Fall Prevention Week

In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Week from Sept. 21 to 27, Griffin Hospital is offering free testing and information to help prevent harmful falls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older will fall each year. For that age group, falls are the leading cause of injury, death, and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

It is estimated that $28.2 billion was spent in 2010 for nonfatal fall injuries and 82% of fall deaths were among people 65 and older.

Information and free assistance

To help individuals — especially seniors — avoid damaging falls, Griffin Hospital will have an information table with self-assessment test for fall risk and home safety tips available on the hospital’s main floor from Sept. 22 to 26.

Additionally, free medication reviews will be available Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and free lessons on strengthening exercises on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from noon-1 p.m.