Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 9/27/2016 Did You Know? September 22nd, the first day of fall, was Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent. In the US, an adult aged 65 or older falls every second. In 2014, Wisconsin had the second rate of fall-related deaths in the United States, with over 1,000 people dying from a fall. Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Exercise, medication management, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps people can do to prevent a fall. The North Shore Health Department conducted Fall Risk Assessments based on the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Risk assessments included a medication review, blood pressure screenings, and an evaluation of gait, strength and balance. Participants were provided resources to minimize their risk and to improve the likelihood of remaining independent. For more information on fall prevention or if you would like to schedule a fall risk assessment with a public health nurse, please visit the health department’s website (http://www.nshealthdept.org/InjuryPrevention) Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.