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Harris Methodist Walls Regional to Offer Senior Safety Tips at St. Mark Fall Festival
10/20/2008

CLEBURNE, Texas — One in three adults age 65 or older fall each year, with 20 to 30 percent suffering moderate to severe injuries that make it difficult to live independently and increase their chances of an early death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital will provide information on fall prevention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the St. Mark Fall Festival. The event will be held at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

“Falls can happen anytime and anywhere,” said Marvin Cloud, trauma coordinator at Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital. “For many older adults a fall can be catastrophic. Older adults, and children of older adults, should exercise caution and take care to prevent unnecessary falls.”

At the festival, Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital will help individuals catalog their medications to reduce interactions, offer vision screenings to verify if people can see correctly thereby reducing the risk of falls, demonstrate exercises to strengthen core muscles to prevent falls, and provide details on how to reduce fall hazards around the house.

Falls may be prevented by taking simple steps. The CDC recommends that older adults:

  • Exercise regularly;
  • Ask a physician or pharmacist to review prescription and over-the-counter medications to reduce side effects and interactions;
  • Have eyesight checked at least once a year;
  • Improve lighting in the home; and
  • Reduce home hazards that can lead to falls.

In a study of people age 72 or older, the average cost of a fall-related injury was $19,440, not including doctors’ services, according to the CDC. In 2000, the direct cost of fall injuries for people age 65 or older was more than $19 billion. That figure is expected to more than double by 2020, according to the CDC.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital, soon to be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital's services include surgery, women and infant services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital has been recently recognized for the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement award from TMF, the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award and the 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmwr.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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