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, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

Beth Cranson
Media Relations
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