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High Point Regional Health System Hosts Free Falls Prevention Awareness Day Fair

9/13/2010

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for Americans who are 65 and older. In fact, more than 18,000 older Americans die every year because of a fall and the rate has risen dramatically over the last 10 years.

"The highest percentage of injuries in our patient population are caused by falls,” said Angelina Drews, RN and trauma coordinator for High Point Regional Health System. “Not only are we dedicated to preventing these injuries from happening, this is an important step in helping our community stand strong and be well."

High Point Regional will celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Millis Regional Health Education Center, located at 600 North Elm Street in High Point.

The event will include free health information, screenings and giveaways such as:

Assisted Living Facility information
Fall prevention programs
Balance and vision screenings
Blood pressure checks
Plenty of giveaways and door prizes

North Carolina is part of the Falls Free™ Coalition, which includes 34 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations and federal agencies across the country dedicated to reducing fall-related injury and death among older adults.

For more information about this free event, call the High Point Regional Contact Center at 878-6888.

Media Contact:

Chad Campbell (336) 878-6200
High Point Regional Health System

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