The Carter Burden Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of New Yorkers aged 60 and over, hosted several community events Friday, Sept. 22, the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, aimed at reducing the risk of falls for NYC seniors. The events are part of the yearlong CBN Standing Tall program, which offers educational discussions, risk assessments and helpful tips on how to prevent falls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three older adults falls each year and less than half tell their doctors about the falls. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York for Carter Burden’s Covello Center found that 40 percent of respondents said they fell in the past year, and 44 percent of those individuals fell more than one time.
“The Carter Burden Network is committed to providing programs and services that promote the safety and quality of life for older New Yorkers. The Standing Tall program and these events are crucial to helping seniors live in our city safely, independently and with mobility for as long as possible,” said William J. Dionne, executive director at Carter Burden Network.
Carter Burden’s Standing Tall program provides eligible seniors with activities that reduce fall risk, fall risk assessments, environmental assessments in the home and home modification tools and services. The Standing Tall program is made possible by the generous support of The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and the Florence V. Burden Foundation.