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The New York State Department of Health says that senior falls are not random accidents and occur in predictable, controllable patterns.

Because falls are preventable, the Genesee County Office for the Aging is working to promote programs associated with its fall prevention initiative. It’s hosting a “Step Up to Stop Falls” conference tomorrow for seniors and health professionals.

Pam Whitmore is the director of the Office for the Aging and says people have many questions about how to protect their loved ones.

“People concerned about falls know that it’s a high-risk type of injury for older adults," Whitmore said, "but are not really sure what they can do themselves to make changes. People are looking for what they can do themselves for a loved one so that they don’t become a victim of a fall to lead to very serious consequences.”

Whitmore says there are several measures to take to prevent falls including exercise programs, and improving your living environment since the majority of falls occur in the home.

The event tomorrow is completely booked, but Whitmore says that the Office for the Aging provides many services for seniors who are concerned about this issue. To learn more, call 343-1611.

For those attending, the conference starts at 4:30 PM with an Interactive Health Fair and demonstrations followed by dinner at 6 and guest speakers at 6:45.

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