Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Silent Killer in Collier County: An Aging Adult Dies Every 3 Days in SWFL from Fall Related Injuries

IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition to host an informative seminar about the dangers of falling and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce falls for people of all ages. The educational seminar and interactive prevention clinic will be held at the IBERIABANK branch located at 1905 Pine Ridge Road on Thursday, March 3. The event will begin with a welcome reception and clinic at 5:00 p.m. The formal presentation will start at 6:00 p.m.  Reservations may be made by calling (239) 403-5170.

According to the Injury Prevention Coalition, an aging adult dies every three days in Southwest Florida from injuries sustained during a fall. 20% of seniors in the U.S. who fall are hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries; 50% of those seniors pass away within one year and 11% never return home. “Falls are not a natural part of aging,” says Mark Tesoro, MA, injury prevention educator with Lee Memorial Health System. “Most falls are avoidable, and we hope to improve local statistics through prevention and education.” Tesoro will lead the seminar and bring awareness about the common dangers around the home.

Tesoro will be joined by members of the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition to demonstrate fall prevention products and provide life-saving advice including:

  • Complimentary Balance Testing from Lee Memorial Health System
  • Fall Prevention Items from Sunshine Ace Hardware
  • Medication Management Suggestions from Walgreens
  • Safety Item Installation Tips from The Happy Handyman

This lecture is open to the public, however seating is limited. For additional information about the In the Round Lecture Series, please contact Keith Dameron with IBERIABANK at (239) 403-5105.

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