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New program designated to help prevent falls for senior citizens

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Health experts are recommending a new program that could help prevent older Americans from falling.(Credit: KMOV Health experts are recommending a new program that could help prevent older Americans from falling.(Credit: KMOV

Health experts are recommending a new program that could help prevent older Americans from falling.

“I wasn’t planning to get old at age 67,” said registered nurse, Christina Bensche.

Bensche did not think she would become somebody else’s patient so soon.

“I had PTSD for quite a long time for the stairs,” said Bensche.

Last year, Bensche has two major falls within months of each other, breaking her sacrum and causing a concussion.

“I could’ve died when I fell down those stairs,” said Bensche.

Bensche is just one of the 800,000 hospitalizations and more than two million seniors who visit the emergency room for fall related injuries.

Now Bensche has rails in front of her house and in the bathroom to help her along the way.

Safe at Home is a program that provides a safety assessment and necessary changes to reduce risks of future falls.

There are a great number of great suggestions to help seniors from the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

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