Spectrum Health event focuses on reducing risk of falling

Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 22, 2017– Every 11 seconds, an older adult visits an emergency department due to an injury related to a fall. Spectrum Health will highlight the risks of falling and focus on prevention during its September 22 Stand Up to Falling event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center lobby.

In conjunction with the National Council on Aging, which hosts Fall Prevention Awareness Day on the first full day of fall each year, Spectrum Health will be giving away non-slip socks, evaluating seniors at risk of falling and offering tips from health care experts.

Tips include:

  • Ask a health care professional to review your medications once a year
  • Get and stay active
  • Have your hearing and vision tested regularly
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Remove tripping hazards and install sufficient lighting in your home

“Falling does not have to be a natural part of aging,” said Laura Maclam, injury prevention and outreach coordinator for the Butterworth Hospital trauma team. “And just one fall can be devastating because it can take away a senior’s ability to live independently.”

Representatives from Senior Neighbors and the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan also will be available to discuss this pandemic problem and offer tips on how to curtail it.


Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Beth Cranson
Media Relations
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Email: elizabeth.cranson@spectrumhealth.org