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 System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan with more than 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Beth Cranson
Media Relations
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