Rendell Administration Unveils Falls Prevention Program For Older Adults

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Pennsylvania Department of Aging launches "Healthy Steps for Older Adults," a falls prevention program that is designed to keep older Pennsylvanians on their feet and out of the hospital.

"Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital stays for older adults and are often precursors to a nursing home," Eisenhower said. "Preventing falls is part of Governor Rendell's strategy to provide older Pennsylvanians with the resources they need to live safely at home, rather than moving into a nursing home or similar institution."


Healthy Steps for Older Adults will be offered in 34 counties. Intended for adults over age 50, the pair of two-hour workshops address participants' medications, sensory deficits, home environmental safety, mobility exercise, health and behavioral status, foot care and nutrition hydration.

Three firms have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to present the award-winning curriculum: Center in the Park, Philadelphia; Sun Home Health Services, Northumberland, and Erie Center on Health and Aging, Erie.

The 64-page Healthy Steps Guidebook, developed by the Department of Aging and the University of California at Berkley, earned first place honors from the American Public Health Association's public health education and health promotion sections.