SAFE AND HEALTHY AGING – PART ONE: Preventing Falls


Guests: Tom Walker, Co-Chair, Safe and Healthy Aging Delegation Andy Kosseff, MD, Co-Chair and Chair, Safe Communities Falls Prevention Program Janet Bollig, Home Health United, S.A.F.E. At Home

The population in Dane County is aging and projected to grow by 136% by 2030. In addition to growing older, our seniors also have expanded life expectancies. That’s terrific news, but it also puts us on alert to chronic health problems and medical risks that are becoming more prevalent and widespread.

United Way of Dane County has identified falls and adverse drug events (negative drug interactions) as the two acute triggers of functional decline of aging adults. They are also often preventable.

This program outlines United Way’s Safe and Healthy Aging Delegation, a community-based effort to keep seniors safe, healthy and independent by reducing falls and ADE’s by 15% by 2015. You’ll hear an overview of this all-encompassing program and specific tips on the magnitude of falls in Wisconsin and how they can be prevented. (Part Two on ADEs next week).

For more information, go to www.safeandhealthyaging.org or call United Way 2-1-1.