Missouri seeks to balance falling older adults

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 7:47 a.m. CDT; updated 10:20 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri health officials are participating in a national campaign to prevent falls among the state's older residents.

State health Director Margaret Donnelly said slips and falls by older adults are a leading cause for doctor visits, hospital admissions and emergency room visits. Health officials plan 70 events intended to help prevent falls. Activities are to include balance tests, medication consultations and other health screenings.

Officials said people can reduce their risk of falling through regular exercise, asking health care professionals to review their medications, annual eye exams and improved lighting in their homes.

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Sally Willis September 22, 2011 | 1:13 p.m.

I am so glad to see that we are going to step up to help our senior citizens.

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