Friday, September 23, 2011: Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Date:  September 23, 2011  
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, more than 1.3 million Michigan citizens are 65 years of age or older, and among this population, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of hospital admissions due to trauma; and,

WHEREAS, between 2003 and 2009, nearly 300 Michigan senior citizens died each year from traumatic brain injuries due to falls; approximately 2,700 were hospitalized; and,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the "Help Seniors Live Better, Longer: Prevent Brain Injury" initiative to help prevent, recognize and respond to traumatic brain injuries that occur as a result of falls; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health's Traumatic Brain Injury Services and Prevention Council and the Office of Services to the Aging to raise awareness of the importance of preventing falls in order to improve the safety and quality of life for Michigan's senior citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 23, 2011 as Fall Prevention Awareness Day in Michigan.