Navigation Links
Physical Therapist Stresses Funding for Falls Prevention at National Safety Council Briefing
Date:5/7/2008

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has joined forces with a national coalition of health and consumer groups to advocate for funding for falls prevention initiatives, including the recently enacted Safety of Seniors Act.

In remarks during today's "Falls Prevention Briefing" in Washington, DC, APTA member and National Falls Free Coalition representative Bonita Lynn Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA, said that "falls and falls-related injuries are not normal consequences of growing old; there are evidence-based interventions that can help reduce older adults' risk of falling and can affect the rate of falls and falls-related injuries and death." Beattie, who also represents the National Conference on Aging (NCOA), urged Congress "to fund efforts to increase the falls risk assessment and intervention skills of health care providers and promote collaboration with the aging services network." To read the complete copy of Beattie's remarks, visit http://www.apta.org/media.

"We applaud Ms Beattie and urge Congress to fund this critical health issue," commented APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among people 65 and older. About one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. Physical therapists are taking an active role in educating consumers about how to safely prevent falls as well as treat those who have fallen and suffered injuries as a result. This education will ultimately improve the health and quality of life of our nation's seniors."

The Safety of Seniors Act, signed into law two weeks ago, authorizes the secretary of Health and Human Services to oversee and support a national education campaign focusing on reducing falls among older adults and preventing repeat falls, and awards grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements to design and carry out local education campaigns.

The American Physical Therapy Association (http://www.apta.org), a member of the Falls Free Coalition, is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit http://www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as http://www.apta.org/consumer for physical therapy news and information.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Physical Therapy Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Combined physical and genetic map finds cancers ignition key
2. Common Medications Could Cause Physical Impairment in the Elderly
3. Commonly used medications associated with impaired physical function in older adults
4. Americans Get Physical After a Good Night in Bed
5. Physical activity, healthy eating and BMI not linked in older teens: study
6. Cancer survivors have low levels of physical activity and high levels of obesity
7. Womens Sports Foundation Hosted The Billies, Recognizing Media Excellence in Womens Sports and Physical Activity
8. Study suggests too much screen time and not enough physical activity may lead to childhood obesity
9. Girls in Sports at Record High, Yet Many Girls Fail to Meet Minimal Standards of Physical Activity, University of Minnesota Report Says
10. Physical activity is natural pain reliever for arthritis
11. New Legislation Would Expedite Medicare Patient Access to Physical Therapy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/21/2017)... Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) , ... September 21, ... ... top 50 senior housing operators, announces the acquisition of Isle at Kingwood Assisted ... Isle at Kingwood is an established retirement community with 55 assisted living apartments, ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... Collins Concrete Coatings announced that ... rely on safety and cleanliness. This unique flooring system uses silver ion technology ... for centuries for its antimicrobial properties. Unlike antibiotics, which kill specific microorganisms, silver ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... of the much-anticipated fall event , Look Awesome This Autumn with CoolSculpting®. ... consultations, special pricing and refreshments. , Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique is Houston’s ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... variety of settings, gather for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium ... case studies presented. It is also when Athletic Trainers are acknowledged by their ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... millions of older Americans at risk of price gouging for their prescription drugs, ... League (TSCL) . “Because Medicare isn’t negotiating on our behalf, there’s no consistency ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/9/2017)... YORK , Sept. 8, 2017 Dealmed ... largest independent supplier of medical equipment, supplies, drugs, vaccines, ... it has entered into an agreement to acquire Vantage ... equipment based in Holtsville, New York ... specializes in supplying new and emerging medical practices, will ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... Caris Life Sciences, a leading innovator ... of precision medicine, today announced results from two ... molecular profiling approach in guiding therapeutic strategies in ... (CGP+) with Caris Molecular Intelligence ® to ... level, leading to more therapeutic options and improved ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... 2017  Robert G. Szewc, M.D., is recognized by ... recognition of his contributions to the Medical field.      ... at the practice of Kidney and Hypertension Specialists, which ... hypertension solutions. He has worked in this position since ... as well as expertise in kidneys, hypertension, chronic disease ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: