UM Rural Institute to Raise Fall Prevention Awareness on Sept. 22

September 20, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, along with the National Council on Aging and its Falls Free Coalition, will celebrate the ninth annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on and around Thursday, Sept. 22, the first day of fall.

Most falls are preventable. The Rural Institute, facilitating the Montana chapter of the Falls Free initiative, will support several events across the state to help educate older adults and their caregivers about effective fall prevention strategies. Additionally, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has officially recognized the day as Fall Prevention Awareness Day in the state, and said he encourages Montanans to do the same.

“Falls for older adults are among the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma,” Bullock said. “Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence.”

The Montana chapter of the Falls Free initiative will facilitate the following fall risk screening events:

  • Columbus: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24, Stillwater Billings Clinic, 710 11th St. N.
  • Deer Lodge: Powell County Council on Aging, 409 Missouri Ave., Suite 109
  • Great Falls: Thursday, Sept. 22, Benefis Great Falls, 1101 26th St. S.
  • Missoula: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Element Physical Therapy, 2001 S. Russell St.; 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, PEAK Health Fair, 5000 Blue Mountain Rd.

This will be Montana’s eighth celebration of Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

For the first time this year, NCOA and its Falls Free Coalition are encouraging supporters to wear a yellow ribbon to increase awareness of falls prevention.

For more information on the Montana events, call Mindy Renfro, principal investigator at the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, at 406-243-2841 or email

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Contact: Mindy Renfro, principal investigator, UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, 406-243-2841,