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Preventing Falls is a 'Matter of Balance' and confidence


PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2012) – One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall every year, and it’s an issue that is largely preventable.  The fear of falling can actually make some people more vulnerable to falls. 

That’s why Banner Health will be hosting “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” a series of fall prevention workshops designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels at six of its facilities in the Valley.

“A Matter of Balance” is an eight-week series that meets 9-11:30  a.m. every Friday, beginning Jan. 11 through March 1, 2013. To register at the location closest to you, call 602-230-CARE (2273).

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Estrella Medical Center, Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center will all host a fall prevention class in partnership with A. T. Still University at each listed medical center. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals to increase activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; and, exercise to increase strength and balance.

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in older adults.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year.
  • 20-30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas.
  • Among those age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.

 In 2010 falls represented 43 percent of traumatic brain injury hospitalizations, according to the Arizona Department of Health services website,

Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information or to register for this eight-week series, call 602- 230-CARE (2273).

Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. and with more than 36,000 employees, nonprofit Banner Health operates 23 hospitals and related health care services in seven states. This includes 10 licensed acute-care hospitals in the Phoenix area as well as Banner Health Network, Banner Medical Group, Banner Health Centers and Clinics, Banner Home Care, Banner Hospice and Banner Surgery Centers. In Arizona, Banner Health is the state’s second largest private employer.

Home of the world’s first osteopathic medical school, established in 1892, A.T. Still University (ATSU) is recognized around the world as a renowned, multidisciplinary healthcare educator. ATSU instills in students the compassion and hands-on experience needed to address the needs of the whole person. The University has a rich history of providing leadership for comprehensive healthcare education and research. ATSU has two campuses, in Mesa, AZ, and Kirksville, Mo. Its Mesa campus is home to the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Its Kirksville campus is home to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (pending accreditation).

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