If it is not a danger you face, chances are it is a threat to someone you know. This month, the Knox County Health Department will host a workshop to help prevent senior falls.
According to the CDC, falls are the third leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., with more than 83 percent happening among adults who are 65 and older. One in 10 adults in this age group will suffer serious injury from falling, like a broken hip.
In Knox County, about 20 seniors die each year from injuries received during a fall.
From 2006 to 2009, more than 7,000 Knox County adults 65-years or older sought hospital care due to falls.
Public health educator with the health department, Rachel Frazier, and district pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens, Scott Leslie, joined us in the 10News studio with more on an upcoming workshop and how to prevent falls. You can watch that entire conversation in the video above.