Virginia Fall Prevention Awareness Week


WHEREAS, falls are the leading cause of unintentional fatal and nonfatal injuries and hospitalizations among Virginians 65 and older; and

WHEREAS, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries; and

WHEREAS, the fear of falling can cause many seniors to limit their activity level, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their risk of falling; and

WHEREAS, comprehensive clinical assessments, exercise programs to improve balance and health, management of medications, correction of vision, and reduction of home hazards all help to reduce the occurrence and severity of falls; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins the Southwestern Virginia Fall Prevention Coalition in its efforts to increase awareness and promote multidisciplinary strategies to prevent falls, and encourages all Virginians to take steps to protect those who are at increased risk of falling;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 22-26, 2014, as VIRGINIA FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.