Each year, one in three Americans age 65 and older fall, and 30% of them suffer injuries requiring medical attention.

How the public health community is responding to this growing health issue is the subject of an online broadcast on Sept 25, titled Help older adults live better, longer: prevent falls and traumatic brain injuries.

The program, a collaboration between the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is part of the series Public Health Grand Rounds.

The 1-hour, free Internet program will air at 2 pm and be archived on the Web site. It features two falls-prevention programs in Wisconsin and shows processes and public health interventions that PTs, physicians, institutional and personal caregivers, and local public health departments can apply anywhere.

Joining Edward L. Baker, MD, director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health to discuss the impact of fall injuries and intervention strategies will be Stephanie Bailey, MD, chief of public health practice at CDC; William L. Roper, MD, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care; Lynn Beattie, VP of the Injury Prevention Center for Healthy Aging of the National Council on Aging; Stephen Hargarten, MD, director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin; and Judy Stevens, PhD, epidemiologist with the division of unintentional injury prevention at the CDC.

The program is free, but online registration is requested.

[Source: Newswise]